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Notice on CROSOL office contact

Dear associates,the CROSOL team is working from home until further notice and we will not be physically present in our office. In the case of emergency, you can reach us at crosol@crosol.hr or at +385 91 5291375.

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Just EUrope – international conference on the rule of law and human rights in Europe

Just EUrope Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in EuropeHotel InternationalZagreb, March 18 2020 European Union has for decades been perceived as a space of guaranteed human rights, rule of law, democracy and freedom for its citizens. Those are some of the fundamental Union values explicitly written in Article…

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Photo gallery: EU as a Forgotten Peace Project, Vukovar, 14th-15th January 2020

Photos by: Marko Balaši

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Press Release: Civil society priorities for the EU Presidency published

Forum 2020, an informal platform for non-governmental organizations gathered on the occasion of the presidency of the Republic of Croatia to the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020, has defined the priorities of the civil society perspective. Forum 2020 brings together more than 20 organizations…

Video – Web Western Balkans Shadow summit – With or without E(U)?

The Shadow Summit was held on Tuesday 5 May / 2020 on the topic of Western Balkans and EU enlargement, protection of fundamental rights and enhancement of their protection mechanism within the EU. The speakers were: Emina Bošnjak, Sarajevo Open Centre (B&H), Zoran Ivančić, Center for Advocating Civic Interests (Foundation…

CSO Declaration on Zagreb EU – Western Balkans Summit: “With or Without (E)U?” and announcement of a performance during the summit

Over 90 leading civil society organisations from the Western Balkans and EU member states, active in areas of fundamental rights and the rule of law, democratic institutions, civic engagement, environment protection, combating corruption and migrant rights have, during their online shadow summit held on 5 May 2020, adopted a common…

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning: With COVID-19, now is the time to boost aid

Press release by CONCORD Europe: Brussels, 17 April 2020 – Early figures released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show an increase of 1,4% in global development aid spending in 2019 compared to 2018. This change in donor countries’ official development assistance (ODA) levels can be attributed…

National NGO platforms call EU Commission – CSOs must be able to act in response to social emergencies

While our societies are going through an unprecedented crisis in Europe in times of peace, many Civil Society Organisations are playing an essential role in supporting vulnerable communities and populations.  The crisis has increased the vulnerabilities experienced by those who were already vulnerable. Gathered together* around the European Civic Forum, national…

CROSOL and CONCORD call the EU Foreign Affairs Council for global solidarity

CROSOL has sent a letter to the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting regarding the EU’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The letters contains a list of recommendations drafted by CONCORD Europe and civil society organizations from…

Policy paper by Forum 2020: The EU as a forgotten peace project? Towards a comprehensive EU peacebuilding policy

As a country presiding over the Council of the EU in 2020, Croatia has a unique opportunity to open the discussion on whether we have forgotten that building and keeping stable, positive and sustainable peace is one of EU’s fundamental roles, and reminding us that “ever closer union” also means…

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

“In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures. …

Reaction of Croatian Forum 2020 towards the European Union’s actions aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic

In the circumstances of growing pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus in Europe, and especially among the EU member states – we express our concerns by the reactions of member states which have, albeit somewhat understandably but not justifiably, irrationally focused on protecting their national interests, ignoring the fact that we are…

We call for humane, sustainable solutions and clear distribution of responsibilities within the EU member states

Ahead of the informal meeting of European Foreign Affairs Ministers, Centre for Peace Studies, Are You Syrious, Welcome Initiative and Forum 2020 warned that the EU has to urgently adopt sustainable and humane solutions for the humanitarian crisis at the Greece-Turkey land border, as well as on Greek islands and other external borders of…