Thank you all once again for signing the appeal to member states’ governments and parliaments advocating for an increase of the budget for civil society organisations. As many as 250 organisations from across the EU have signed the appeal! Big thank you to all those who managed to deliver the appeal to their governments on behalf of all signatories!
Negotiations of the next 7-year EU budget are accelerating. On 20 February member states will hold a summit to set main parameters of the future EU budget. It is the right time to remind them about the need to allocate more funds for the Rights and Values programme which can be the EU’s first financial instrument designed to build the capacity of civil society organisations to promote and protect our common values of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights – within the Union and inside the Member States. Unfortunately, there has been no clear sign thus far of the member states being committed to substantially increase programme’s budget. But we still can win.