So far, IGO has hardly been involved outside Austria. The forthcoming EU Presidency of Austria in the second half of 2018, however, justifies stronger networking and cooperation with NGOs and associations in other member states and in Brussels, which pursue similar goals as IGO.

For this reason, IGO CEO Franz Neunteufl participated in November 2017 in the Forum on the State of Civil Society and Civic Space in Europe, organized by the Estonian NGO umbrella organization Hea Kodanik. Now, from May 29th to 31st, he has accepted the invitation of the Bulgarian Citizen Participation Forum to the Civic Days in Sofia.

These events are co-organized and co-funded by the Paris-based European Civic Forum (ECF).

This also applies to this year’s CIVIL SOCIETY IN DIALOGUE event of IGO on 21st and 22nd November, which this year, on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency, will address the situation of civil society organisations in the member states and their contribution to a united Europe.

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