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Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Brief: Civic Space Restrictions in Hungary

RECLAIM Policy Brief

Over the past decade, the goverment of Hungary has adopted increasingly repressive measures targeting human rights defenders

8 Aug 2022

The current legislative practices include repressive legislation, particularly targeting LGBTQI activists and CSOs active in the reception and integration of refugees, and human rights defenders vocally criticising the government. Other measures comprise State-sponsored smearing campaigns, piloted judicial rulings, and politically controlled access to public funds. Read all about it in this briefing.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Brief: Civic Space Trends in the EU

RECLAIM Policy Brief

Over the last few years, many European countries have adopted or have considered adopting measures that restrict the space for civil society

8 Aug 2022

This policy briefing aims to provide an overview of these measures and highlight their detrimental effects on civil society organisations (CSOs) and human rights defenders (HRDs) in the EU. Among others, the briefing discusses: the misuse of transparency and anti-money laundering laws, the State centralisation of the fund allocation system; the imposition of disproportionate taxes against CSOs and people who donate to CSOs, the spread of smear campaigns to discredit CSOs and HRDs; the intentional misuse of EU law to impose fines or criminal proceedings against HRDs; the use of existing defamation laws to sue and silence HRDs. Read more.

Transparency

RECLAIM Anti-Corruption Policy

RECLAIM Governance

This is how we prevent corruption in RECLAIM

29 Aug 2022

All RECLAIM employees are obligated to follow RECLAIM’s Anti-corruption policy and report breaches of the policy. All corruption incidents in RECLAIM, partner organisations or other incidents related to RECLAIM activities must be reported into the complaint mechanism. Read more about our policy here or visit https://www.reclaiming.eu/feedback

Transparency

RECLAIM Policy Against Workplace Harassment & Sexual Misconduct

RECLAIM Governance

We aim at having nothing making you or our staff uncomfortable.

29 Aug 2022

RECLAIM organises the workplace in such a way that psychosocial risks (Violence at work, Harassment in the workplace, Unwanted sexual behaviour) are minimized. Any substantial suspicion of (sexual) exploitation, abuse and/or harassment can be reported to the RECLAIM Chair and will be handled with full confidentiality by an independent complaints committee. RECLAIM staff can also send their complaints to an external mediator. Read more about our internal policies

Transparency

RECLAIM Governance Booklet

RECLAIM Governance

All you need to know about the governance structure of RECLAIM

29 Aug 2022

RECLAIM has been operative since February 27, 2020. This booklet contains our by-laws and an in-depth explanation of RECLAIM’s governance, including the division of programmatic, financial oversight and management responsibilities between RECLAIM’s different decision-making structures

Transparency

RECLAIM Staff Handbook & Codes of Conduct

RECLAIM Governance

Are you joining or considering RECLAIM? These are your rights & responsabilities

29 Aug 2022

RECLAIM Staff Handbook describes the rules to ensure its staff’s health and well-being, the contract terms, and the applicable code of conduct and procedures - including the policies to prevent and address workplace bullying and sexual harassment, child abuse and corruption

Transparency

RECLAIM Annual report

RECLAIM Governance

A quick overview of the recent yearly achievements, our strategy and working methods

29 Aug 2022

RECLAIM places great emphasis on the transparency and openness of its activities. Regardless you are a donor or a supporter, you can read about our activities, our donors and more in this document.

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Transparency

RECLAIM Financial and Procurement Manual

RECLAIM Governance

Detailed procedures and internal financial guidelines are critical to having RECLAIM running smoothly

29 Aug 2022

This booklet describes responsibilities and decision-making processes on finance issues, the procedures for approving the purchase of goods/commissioning of services, and the systems we have in place to avoid conflict of interests and corruption risks.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Manual: Disinformation and EU funding investigations

RECLAIM Policy Brief

Read our recommendations to the Commission to curb third countries’ authorities’ abuse of EU’s counter-terrorism and anti-fraud mechanisms.

8 Aug 2022

In the unlikely event that an NGO becomes the focus of an unfounded EU funding investigation, its managers should know how to respond. This policy handbook analyses the EU legal framework and the Commission's internal procedures to help NGOs managers limit disruption – including the risk of seeing their EU projects funds suspended or definitively cut. The handbook also provides recommendations to the Commission and EU Member States donors on how to strike a balance between their statutory obligation to investigate all serious allegations of fraud and their responsibility to protect civic space.

Civic Space

RECLAIM Legal Opinion: LGBT-Free Zones in Poland

RECLAIM Legal Opinions

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

2 May 2022

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 Factsheet: Anti-LGBT Trends in the EU

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

EU advocacy tools for LGBTQI rights

2 May 2022

Wondering how to bring the voice of the LGBTQI community back at the heart of the EU? Have a look at our advocacy tips and develop your own EU advocacy strategy

Civic Space

RECLAIM Legal Opinion: Hungary's 2021 anti-LGBT law

RECLAIM Legal Opinions

LGBT+ People face discrimination, hate crimes, and exclusion. But EU law provides protection. Learn how it may help LGBT+ people in Hungary

2 May 2022

Read more about how Hungary's 2021 anti-LGBT law criminalising the LGBTQI community is against fundamental rights and freedoms and how you can use EU law to challenge it

Civic Space

RECLAIM Policy Brief: Anti-LGBTQI trends in the EU

RECLAIM Policy Briefs

Advancing the protection of LGBTQI rights in the EU

2 May 2022

This policy briefing aims at providing an overview of the anti-LGBT trends in the EU as affecting the LGBTQI community as a whole and its particular impact over LGBTQI groups and rights defenders. The briefing also provides targeted recommendations for EU institutions and Member States' authorities to push back against those trends

Civic space

RECLAIM 2022 Priorities on Civic Space Trends in the EU

RECLAIM Governance

Our research and advocacy priorities to support civic space in the EU in 2022

5 Feb 2022

Civil society organisations in the EU are facing increasing challenges in conducting their daily activities. In RECLAIM, we have identified three main trends that deserve our attention. Check our policy priorities and get in touch to know more!

Civic space

RECLAIM Factsheet: Acess to basic banking services

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

A must-read to understand why the European Statute for Associations is important to end NGO's de-risking

15 Dec 2021

In this short factsheet, we analyse how the EU legislator can give concrete meaning to NGOs’ freedom of association by recognising their right to access basic banking services. Read more to find out what opportunities exist at EU level to see European-based NGO's right to hold a simple business account recognised and what else banks can do to meet their responsabilites under the United Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Civic space

RECLAIM Factsheet: The impact of AML/CTF obligations on civic space

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

A must-read to understand how AML and CTF requirements inadvertently restrict civic space in the EU.

15 Dec 2021

Financial entities are subject to increasing obligations under EU CTF/AML legislation. Among them, vetting clients can be particularly expensive. When NGOs are clients, the specificities of the non-profit sector add further challenges. Read our factsheet to have a clearer picture of the impact that banks’ CTF and AML obligations have on civic space and how the EU, Member States and financial institutions can effectively end NGOs de-risking.

All topics

Recommendations Round-Up – Autumn 2021

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

Read our assessment of the latest developments and find out our strategies for the next months.

7 Oct 2021

2021 has been full of developments, both at the legal and political level, as concerns rule of law and judicial independence, the protection of civic space and attempts to limit media pluralism. In this factsheet, you will find our assessment of such developments and the next steps we suggest NGOs, human rights defenders, EU institutions and Member States to take to curb such worrying trends.

Rule of Law

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

RECLAIM Factsheet & Updates

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

6 Sept 2021

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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