Last edited: 18 December 2019
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European civil society is an integral part of political life. Committing oneself to associations and other organisations means participating and making a difference in how we live together. Associations are a great opportunity to get involved and to make yourself heard.
Contrary to companies being able to form European Corporations, associations do not have the possibility to be established on the European level.
At the same time, many civil society actors find themselves under pressure in various countries. Among them is Hungary, where a law discrediting associations that receive foreign funding ended in the European Commission starting an Article 7 procedure against the country. In Germany, civil society is increasingly worried, as several associations had their charitable status revoked for being politically active.
« Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association at all levels, in particular in political, trade union and civic matters, which implies the right of everyone to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his or her interests. »– Article 12 paragraph 1 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
A strong civil society needs a European association law. Europe must finally deliver on the promise made in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. It is my goal to provide a safe and unbureaucratic way of organising on the European level – a European Statute for Associations.