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Messaging Guide for NGOs Pushing Back Against New Restrictions

Civil society is resisting new rules proposed by the EU to impose new reporting & registration restrictions on NGOs. But many are using the wrong argument. We’ve put together a guide for NGOs on how to frame their response and avoid the transparency trap.

by LibertiesEU

The EU recently announced a new plan of action to bolster democracy within the union and member states, titled the “Defence of Democracy” package. Its main initiative is a directive that imposes new reporting and registration restrictions on civil society organisations in EU countries who receive funding from third country donors.

Download the full guide here.

NGOs are resisting this because it will inevitably be used by governments trying to limit civic space and destroy public trust. However, often they are using the wrong arguments to push back.

To avoid falling into the transparency trap, we’ve put together a guide for people who wish to convince decision-makers at EU-level to safeguard civic space and abandon these plans that would damage democracy.

The guide explains how those trying to restrict civic space are using the transparency argument, why our current arguments against this aren't effective, and explains what we should be saying instead.

For more detail on the measures being contemplated and Liberties’ advocacy position on this issue, see our policy paper.

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