JEF Europe is pleased to invite you to the closing event of “Fight back!: youth civil society in endangered democracies” on Saturday, 8th December 2018 from 17:00 to 19:00, at JES Youth Centre in Brussels, Rue des Ateliers 3, 1080
The event is organised as part of JEF Europe’s annual work plan on shrinking civic space for youth organisations. “Fight back!: youth civil society in endangered democracies” aims at addressing the worrying, recent trends of shrinking civic space in many European democracies and the various attacks by governments on civil society organisations.
JEF strongly believes in the role of civil society as bridge-builder between the political decision-makers and the citizens. Civil society represents an essential channel for citizens to actively exercise their citizenship, to draw the attention of public authorities on specific issues and to autonomously conduct civic actions.
The activities part of this work-plan are funded by the Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation.
Agenda of the meeting:
17:00 – 17:30: Arrival and registration
17:30 – 17:40: Welcome and presentation of JEF Europe
17:40 – 17:50: Presentation of JEF Europe’s work on the shrinking civic space
17:50 – 18:10: Presentation of Youth Forum’s research on shrinking civic space for youth organisations
17:50 – 18:45: Improving civic space for civil society organisations – “world cafe” discussion
18:45 – 19:00: Final remarks by the Council of Europe Advisory Council on Youth (tbd)
19:00 – 21:00: Reception
The Young European Federalists (JEF) Europe
is a non-partisan youth NGO with over 13.000 members active in more than 30 countries. Founded in 1972, the organisation strives towards a federal Europe based on the principles of democracy, subsidiarity and rule of law. JEF promotes true European Citizenship, and works towards active participation of young people in democratic life.
For further information, feel free to contact Sonja Afanasjeva
, JEF Europe Policy officer.