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Members & partners

The EU Civil Society Contact Group is an alliance bringing together eight large rights and value based NGO sectors acting in the public interest:
  • CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development
  • Culture Action Europe, the Forum for the Arts and Heritage
  • EPHA, the European Public Health Alliance
  • EUCIS-LLL, the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning
  • EWL, the European Women's Lobby
  • Green10, a group of leading environmental NGOs active at EU level
  • HRDN, the Human Rights and Democracy Network
  • Social Platform, the Platform of European Social NGOs

membership criteria

The EU Civil Society Contact Group is a joint initiative of a limited number of civil society platforms. The advantage of retaining a limited core is our shared determination to develop the EU Civil Society Contact Group as a space where the understanding of each other domains and concerns can be increased and trust among the platforms can be built.

Members must be able to commit time, people and money to the common work. They commit to take over the rotating chairing of the EU Civil Society Contact Group for the period of 12 months when it is their turn. Each member designates two regular representatives to the steering group and participates actively in at least one working group. The representatives ensure communication with their members and/or colleagues.

The EU Civil Society Contact Group may invite other sectors of civil society to become members of the Civil Society Contact Group if they:

  • Are non-governmental and not for profit.
  • Are in full support of the mission set out in this document
  • Represent a qualitatively and/or quantitatively representative part of civil society and have a sufficiently wide scope/range of issues they work on in order to be able to give meaningful input to a cross-sector dialogue and joint actions.
  • Are active in areas that are cumulative in a field (bringing together the specific interests of its members), sufficiently different to those of other sectors, and able to provide expertise in their area of activity with recognized credibility.
  • Have a permanent European network structure with membership criteria, are participatory in their structure, consultative with their members, and transparent about their funding, vision/aims, and affiliations.
  • Are able to commit time to the common work of the EU Civil Society Contact Group

New members are expected to have built a relationship with the EU Civil Society Contact Group through engaging in common campaigns/activities as partners.

Interested civil society organisations can join working groups, activities and campaigns if they commit time, people and/or money to the joint campaign work.

The EU Civil Society Contact Group may invite organisations with a specific knowledge or interest to cooperate over a certain period of time on a specific topic or for a one-off activity.