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Can the EU assert its leadership and truly deliver on gender equality in 2021 (and beyond)?

In this opinion piece, Vice President of CONCORD and EU Representative & Head of Office of CARE International, Céline Mias, takes a critical perspective on the EU’s actions on gender equality for the past year. With these insights, the article identifies 10 opportunities for the EU to demonstrate its urge…

EU Civil Protection Mechanism – post-earthquake relief

Lidija Knežević, Obris.org On Friday, January 29, it was exactly a month since the 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Sisak-Moslavina County, leaving unforeseeable consequences for space and people. During those first months, another 622 earthquakes of magnitude greater than or equal to 2.0 followed, which further traumatized the citizens of the…

Declaration of forces for EU combat groups in trouble

Lidija Knežević The government held its 32nd session this morning, the last before the Christmas holidays, and the penultimate one this year. In addition to a number of topics related to the COVID-19 disease epidemic and the associated recent vaccinations, the Government also adopted two proposals from the Ministry of…

PESCO and the Strategic Compass –Reality goes down the road, the EU down the garden path

“At the beginning of December, it will be exactly three years since the Council of the EU adopted a formal decision establishing the “Permanent Structured Cooperation” (PESCO) program. Under this framework of mutual cooperation between EU member states on issues in the fields of defense and security, a total of…

European Commission publishes 2020 WB Country Reports

The European Commission has just published 2020 Enlargement Package. The package contains the Reports in which the Commission services present their detailed assessment of the state of play in each candidate country and potential candidate, what has been achieved over the last year, and set out guidelines on reform priorities.…

An Interview with an Expert Adviser of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA): ‘The impact of the pandemic on human rights”

We spoke to Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, who is in charge of numerous reports of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. By Barbara Matejčić The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is responsible for the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights in the EU and operates at several levels:…

CIVIL SOCIETY EUROPE RESPONSE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ANNUAL RULE OF LAW REPORT

This contribution has been prepared by the working group on Civic Space of Civil Society Europe which is composed of CSE members, the European Foundation Centre as a partner organisation and several organisations working in the area of civic freedoms.  As Civil Society Europe works primarily on the enabling Framework…

An overview of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU from the perspective of civil society

Forum 2020*, an informal platform of more than 30 civil society organizations gathered for the occasion of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, coordinated by CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity within the project “Towards open, fair and sustainable Europe in the world -…

Trio-presidency programme: A relay with a German sprint

” Germany, Portugal and Slovenia presented their joint EU presidency programme for the next 18 months on Tuesday (16 June), seeking to focus primarily on social recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Despite expectations, the 31 pages are otherwise filled with little substance. EURACTIV Germany reports. One week before Germany’s Federal Cabinet…

Election of members of the European Economic and Social Committee in Croatia: CIVIL SOCIETY REPRESENTATIVES WITHOUT VOICES FROM CIVIL SOCIETY

In Croatia, members of the Economic and Social Committee representing civil society are elected by members of the Council for Civil Society Development, which is an advisory body to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, whose task is to develop and strengthen cooperation between the Government and civil society…

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