Directions for EU Civil Society Support- Lessons from Turkey, the Western Balkans, and Eastern Europe

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As the EU debates its new post-2020 funding instruments, EU civil society support faces a pivotal moment. The union has been fine-tuning this support in recent years and is now contemplating further reforms. Civil society around the world is undergoing far-reaching changes as new types of informal activism emerge, governments try to constrict civic activity, and digital technology has major political implications. Against this backdrop, an analysis developed by Carnegie Europe, to which BCSDN also contributed, proposes ten practical ideas for how EU civil society assistance needs to evolve. It focuses on the countries that fall under the IPA—Turkey and the countries of the Western Balkans—and the six states of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP). BCSDN’s Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Biljana Spasovska delivered its peace on Monitoring Civil Society Restrictions in The Western Balkans, highlighting the three notable challenges that BCSDN’s monitoring has found that CSOs in the EU enlargement countries. Read more here.

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