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"Disinformation and EU’s funding investigations against fraud"
Prevent temporary suspensions of EU’s funds with this Step-by-Step Emergency Toolkit

In the unlikely event that your organization becomes the focus of an EU investigation due to false or overblown allegations by third parties, CSO managers should know how to respond in a way that does not further jeopardize their organization's operations, donors and staff. This guide analyses the relevant legal framework and the Commission's internal procedures to help CSOs managers whose NGOs are targeted of disinformation campaigns limit the risk of seeing their EU projects funds temporarily suspended or definitively cut. Download it here.

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Civic Space

RECLAIM KYR Series

6 Sept 2021

Disinformation and EU's funding investigations against fraud

Prevent temporary suspensions of EU’s funds with this emergency toolkit.

In the unlikely event that an NGO becomes the focus of an EU investigation due to false or overblown allegations by third parties, their managers should know how to respond in a way that does not further jeopardize their organization's operations, donors and staff. This guide analyses the EU legal framework and the Commission's internal procedures to help NGOs targeted of disinformation campaigns limit the risk of seeing their EU projects funds suspended or cut.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Briefs

6 Sept 2021

Protecting civic space whilst countering terrorism financing

Read our recommendations to the Commission to curb third countries authorities’ abuse of EU’s counter-terrorism measures.

In a bid to block EU´s aid, some authoritarian governments around the world concoct false accusations of links between human rights and humanitarian NGOs and terrorist organisations. When your organisations is the target of such state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, reassure donors might feel daunting. This policy helps you addressing this type of allegations and ensure a productive dialogue with the European Commission.

Civic Space

RECLAIM KYR Series

6 Sept 2021

Counter-terrorism clauses: Advocacy toolkit

Read this advocacy toolkit to enter into a productive conversation with your backdonors about your organisation compliance systems and redlines.

Over the last decade, counterterrorism clauses have become widespread in development and humanitarian grant contracts and partnership agreements. In recognition of this accelerating trend, this note presents an overview of the operational and legal implications of these clauses for development NGOs working in conflict-affected areas. The note concludes with a menu of recommendations that would allow both donors and NGOs to comply with EU legislation on counterterrorism in a principled manner.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Briefs

6 Sept 2021

Counter-terrorism Financing AI software: Outstanding risks for HRDs

Everything NGOs need to know before using KYC and counter-terrorism profiling tools for their operations.

With sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting human rights defenders growing, this discussion note explores the legal and ethical concerns linked to the emerging, yet rapidly increasing, NGOs and banks’ use of KYC tools for compliance with donor agreements and counter-terrorism financing regulations. The note also explores possible regulatory fixes that would increase accountability of these services providers and prevent potential human rights abuses linked to data processing and the unfair nature of the standard contract terms.

Rule of Law

RECLAIM Country Profiles

6 Sept 2021

Poland’s Human Rights Country Profile

Everything you need to know about rule of law backsliding in Poland.

In this country profile we provide an overview of the main areas in which democracy is at danger in Poland. You will find updated information on judicial independence, women’s rights, LGBT+ people and media freedom, supported by relevant and reliable sources. You will also find a list of meaningful actions that Member States can take to address democratic backsliding in Poland and a list of essential readings.

Rule of Law

RECLAIM Country Profiles

6 Sept 2021

Hungary’s Human Rights Country Profile

All your burning questions about rule of law backsliding in Hungary, answered.

In this country profile we provide an overview of the main areas in which democracy is at danger in Hungary. You will find relevant updates on attacks against judicial independence, media freedom, civil society, minority groups and political opponents, supported by reliable and verifiable sources. You will also find a list of steps that Member States can take to counter these trends.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

6 Sept 2021

Legislative restrictions over NGOs in Europe: main trends & next steps

Read our recommendations of how to address anti-NGO in Europe.

In many EU Member States, NGOs are operating under growing legislative constraints. Autocratic governments are getting increasingly better at drafting highly technical and repressive legislation. Find out more about this legislative trend and how to identify it in this briefing.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

6 Sept 2021

Donor guide on how to tackle anti-LGBTIQ trends in Europe effectively

Wondering how to protect LGBTIQ people? Read our assessment of worrying trends in Europe.

LGBTIQ people are increasingly targeted by authoritarian governments. Local initiatives and NGOs protecting their fundamental rights need new strategies to counteract this trend. Learn more about what is happening and how you can help and push for a more inclusive society in this factsheet.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Legal Opinions

6 Sept 2021

LGBT-free zones in Poland - Legal opinion and Executive summary

LGBT+ people in Poland face discrimination, hate crimes, and exclusion. But EU law provides protection. Learn how.

Over the last years, the LGBT+ community in Poland became the target of increasing defamatory campaigns and discriminatory policies, culminating with the establishment of LGBT-free zones. In this legal briefing, we argue that the creation of such zones amounts to a violation of EU law on internal market and fundamental freedoms. Read more about what EU institutions and Member States can do to protect LGBT+ people in this executive summary and get in touch for the full legal opinion.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Legal Opinions

6 Sept 2021

2021 Anti-NGO law in Hungary - Legal opinion and Executive summary

EU Member States must protect civil society. Learn how Hungary’s 2021 anti-NGO law violates EU fundamental freedoms.

In 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU found Hungary’s 2017 anti-NGO law in violation of EU law. It stressed that by imposing discriminatory obligations on foreign-funded organisations, Hungary’s violated, among others, freedom of association. In 2021, Hungary repealed the law, but at the same time adopted a new one which similarly stigmatises non-government-aligned NGOs. Find out more about the legal basis to challenge the new anti-NGO law in this executive summary and get in touch for the full legal opinion.

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Newsletters

4 Jul 2021

RECLAIM News I EU commissioner: We will ‘go to court’ if Hungary implements anti-LGBTQ+ law

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Newsletters

27 Jun 2021

RECLAIM News I ‘Hot air’: MEPs say Commission is stalling with rule-of-law blueprint

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Newsletters

20 Jun 2021

RECLAIM News I LGBTQ community in Hungary decries push to limit homosexuality displays

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Newsletters

10 Jun 2021

RECLAIM News I EP ready to sue the Commission over Rule of Law

Civic space

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

26 Sept 2021

Donor guide on how to enlarge & protect Europe's civic space

Insider’s guide to anti-NGO measures in Europe: what you need to know to limit their chilling effect.

In this short and easy-to-read guide, you will find an overview of the chilling effect that anti-NGO legislation and smear campaigns can have on NGOs’ ability to exercise their rights and freedoms in Europe. You will learn how to identify repressive measures and how EU law can be your ally.

Rule of Law

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

11 Sept 2021

Human rights Infringement procedures: What can be done?

Infringement procedures 101: The essential guide to understand EU human rights law enforcement.

In this short guide, we analyse infringement procedures as a tool to protect human rights in Europe. Read it to find out more about how they work, how Member States can use them and three priority cases that need your attention.

Civic space

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

15 Sept 2021

EU Funding: What's next for the Rights and Values Instrument?

The new EU funding programme for civil society is up and running. Find out here its strengths and weaknesses.

In 2021, the EU launched its Citizens, Equality, Rights & Values programme. With its €1.44 billion financial envelope, it aims at strengthening civil society initiatives and promoting EU values across Member States. In this briefing, you will read its main characteristics, and our suggestions on how to improve it in the forthcoming years.

Rule of Law

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

6 Sept 2021

EU's Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation: Limits and next steps

A must-read to understand the essential points of the new Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation.

In late 2020, EU institutions adopted the much-waited Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation. This new instrument links the disbursement of EU funds to the respect of EU values. However, the final text suffered from severe attempts to water down its effectiveness. Read about this new tool at the disposal of the European Commission to leverage Member States to respect the Rule of Law in our briefing, and find out about its weak points and limits.

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