European Civic Forum calls for more support for third sector during corona crisis


Associations must be able to keep acting in reponse to social emergencies. States must integrate the needs of associations into their policies.

Those were the headeline messages in a letter ot the European Commission from the national platforms that belong to European Civic Forum

On Friday 3 April, the European Civic Forum national platforms working group had a first meeting to discuss the challenges that the civic sector and the measures that governments are putting in place to support civil society organsiations (CSOs).

Over 20 organisations, representing thousands of CSOs in Europe, shared information on how civil society organisations (CSOs) and the third sector are playing an essential role in supporting vulnerable communities and populations during the crisis, but facing many great difficulties. 

Many civic actors will be forced to shut down without support. 

Our societies must not lose the unique expertise and capacity of  CSOs in dealing with vulnerable groups and playing a watchdog role.

As a result of the concerns raised, the European Civic Forum and National Platforms of NGOs sent a letter (on Friday, 10 April) to call on the European Commission to act swiftly and publicly in support of the CSOs’ role  and action capacities during the crisis and in the reconstruction of the social fabric beyond the present moment.

Read the letter

European Civic Forum

The European Civic Forum (ECF) gathers more than one hundred NGOs and associations in 27 European countries, daily committed to the general interest in various areas.

ECF's mission is to build a genuine European civil dialogue, which is a prerequisite for a civic and popular ownership of European matters and which must be well anchored in institutions’ working methods.

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