Freedoms of NGOs
We use the term non-governmental organisation (NGO) to mean an organisation that is independent from the government, that is not a business, and that works to promote the well being of everyone in society. Typically, NGOs work to protect the environment, fight corruption, stop governments misusing their powers to abuse vulnerable groups, and protect liberties and freedoms from government interference. NGOs are vital to democracy: they keep the people informed about laws and policies that affect their rights, they help the public give their opinion to politicians and they help make sure that governments don't break the law. Because of this, governments across the EU are making life difficult for NGOs, for example by making it harder for them to receive donations. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to protect the freedoms that NGOs need to do their job.Read our explainer on NGOs
Freedoms of NGOs articles
•Civic space for activism has lost further ground worldwide since last year: today, only three per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with open civic space.
•Dogs are great, but they are not more important to our democratic way of life than, well, democracy. But the groups that help maintain our democracy are under attack — even in Germany. Dogs are not impressed, and neither are we.
•The Berlin tax office withdraws the charitable status of a German campaigning organization. By doing so, it makes it harder for citizens to get their views to their politicians.
•The fight against the act stigmatising Hungarian civil society organisations has entered a new phase: on 22 October the Court of Justice of the European Union will hold a public hearing on the case.