Conseil de l’Europe Points forts 2016 – Salle de presse


Conseil de l’Europe Points forts 2016

Le rapport d’activité 2016 du Conseil de l’Europe est disponible.  Cette année, la Conférence des OING en tant qu’institution du Conseil de l’Europe, a un chapitre dédié à ses priorités et actions en 2016.

Chaptitre sur la  Conférence des OING

Rapport d’activité du Conseil de l’Europe

Source : Conseil de l’Europe Points forts 2016 – Salle de presse


Civil participation in Eastern Partnership Countries – A new study II

A new study on « Civil Participation in Decision Making in the Eastern Partnership Countries Part II: Practice and Implementation » has just been published.


It contains 24 case studies from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. Analysts from the six countries examine the extent to which laws and policies are applied and implemented. The authors look at case studies in each country to examine in detail how participatory policymaking is working in practice, and then offer recommendations for each country.

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Report published following the visit of the Conference of INGOs to Ireland

Strasbourg 23 June 2017

The Conference of INGOs held an official visit to Ireland from 24-26 April 2017. The Irish Social Workers Association  organised the logistical and substantial support during two meetings with NGOs active in the field of human rights, education and democracy.  The meetings with public authorities were organised by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe. During the visit, the delegation met representatives from the following public authorities: Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  (IHREC),  the  representatives  of  the  Department  of  Social  Protection, Department  of  Foreign  Affairs  and  Trade,  Department  of  Justice  and  Equality  and  the coordinators of the Citizen’s Assembly.

The delegation of the Conference of INGOs was composed of Anna Rurka, President of the  Conference),  Simon  Matthijssen,  Member  of  the  Expert  Council  on  NGO  Law,  Mikhail Chernyak, representative of European Forum of Lesbian and Gay Christian Groups (EFLGCG), member of the Conference of INGOs, and Mary Ann Hennessey, Head of the Civil Society  Division of the Council of Europe.

The delegation had expected to learn more about the innovative democratic practices of the Citizens’ Assembly, and was not disappointed. The delegation was also, however, confronted with other issued common to many countries, such as restrictions over the financing of NGOs and political activities that they may carry out. The findings relating to NGOs’ interactions with public authorities were critically examined, in particular with regard to the regulations on lobbying activities. However, one notes that the judicial and institutional environment for NGOs in Ireland is one of the best in the world, especially the clarity of the regulations adopted and its success in minimizing intervention by the state in the organization of the civil society sector.


Source : Report published following the visit of the Conference of INGOs to Ireland – Newsroom

Venice Commission on Hungarian law on foreign-funded NGOs: legitimate aims, but excessive obligations, disproportionate sanctions!

Venice Commission Strasbourg 2 June 2017

The Venice Commission has published today its preliminary opinion on the Draft Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Support from Abroad of Hungary.

The Venice Commission acknowledges that the draft law pursues the legitimate aim of ensuring transparency of civil society organisations and may also contribute to the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

The Hungarian legislator has wisely avoided the highly stigmatizing term “foreign agent”. However, the neutral label “organisation receiving support from abroad” used in the draft, placed in the context of a virulent campaign carried out by some Hungarian authorities against foreign-funded NGOs, risks to adversely affect their legitimate activities and may raise a concern of discriminatory treatment.

The Venice Commission recommends to the Hungarian authorities that a public consultation involving all civil society organisations be conducted before the final adoption of the Draft Law.


Source : Venice Commission on Hungarian law on foreign-funded NGOs: legitimate aims, but excessive obligations, disproportionate sanctions – Newsroom

Speech by the President of the Conference of INGOs at the opening of the high-level seminar on  » Freedom of religion in Europe »


Presenting the achievements realized by the Conference of INGOs on this important human right’s issue.

In 2013 the Conference of INGOs undertook a long term project. In 2013, we adopted a Recommendation on Human Rights and Religions addressed to Council of Europe member States. In 2014 we lunched an appeal to citizens and INGOs addressing more specifically the inseparable nature of the freedom of conscience and religions, equal rights and nondiscrimination, whether one is religious or not.

Freedom of thought, conscience and religion include the freedom of practice of religion, the freedom to have or not a religion but also the freedom to change religion.…/1680714c9f



Populism – How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?

Secretary General 2017 report on democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

As nationalist and xenophobic parties make gains in a growing number of countries, challenging elites and exploiting public anxieties over migration, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has invited Council of Europe member states to take a serious look in the mirror and take the lead in building trusted institutions and inclusive societies able to withstand populist assaults.

Source : Populism – How strong are Europe’s checks and balances? – Newsroom

Populisme – Quelle est la solidité de l’équilibre des pouvoirs institutionnels en Europe ?

Rapport 2017 du Secrétaire Général sur la situation de la démocratie, des droits de l’homme et de l’État de droit en Europe

Alors que les partis nationalistes et xénophobes gagnent du terrain dans un nombre croissant de pays en s’en prenant aux élites et en exploitant les inquiétudes de la population face aux migrations, le Secrétaire Général Thorbjørn Jagland invite les pays membres du Conseil de l’Europe à s’examiner sans complaisance et à reprendre la main en établissant des institutions fiables et des sociétés inclusives, capables de résister aux assauts populistes.

Source : Populisme – Quelle est la solidité de l’équilibre des pouvoirs institutionnels en Europe ? – Salle de presse