In the last few years, Bulgaria has faced challenges regarding the civil society similar to those in some other countries of Central and Eastern Europe: smear campaigns against groups of CSOs, increasing anti-EU propaganda and actions stigmatizing human rights groups.
62 civil society organizations signed a letter to the European Commission representatives asking them to:
- To make a clear public statement on the importance of civil society;
- To urge the Bulgarian government to protect civic space and stand against hate campaigns questioning the need for civil society organizations;
- To meet with Bulgarian CSOs in order to discuss their concerns and support the organizations in reaffirming core EU values and principles.
Please, read the letter here.