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    Message from the President of the INGOs Conference of the Council of Europe

    Dear NGO representative,

    In 2008 the Conference of INGOs created the Expert Council on NGO Lawin order to contribute to the enabling legal environment for NGOs. Our Expert Council carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and legal opinions on specific piece of legislation.  

    Considering its mandate, the Expert Council is currently preparing a thematic study on the impact on NGO activities, particularly humanitarian efforts targeting refugees and other migrants, of changing criminal law approaches or provisions in Council of Europe Member States. The aim is to cover as many national contexts as possible, including those which are already known as threatening NGOs helping migrants. 

    Obviously, the results of the study will depend on the available data. That’s why we solicit your help, asking you to answer the enclosed questionnaire (in English) related to the relevant legislation and practice in the field of migration. We know that NGOs are at the forefront when it comes to respond to the human rights challenges of asylum and migration in Europe.

    We really count on your help. Thank you in advance for kindly sending your responses by email to  before 2 September 2019.

    As always, you will be informed about the progress and final results of the study.

    Yours sincerely,

    Anna RURKA

    President of the Conference of INGOs

    Enclosed: Questionnaire on State Practice

  • Frenh with subtitles in english

    Migrants are not happy to stop here, they seek northern Europe. Few romanians oppose because it would change the composition of Europe. But we must also practice Christian hospitality, as said by the Pope. (But the country is predominantly Orthodox).

    We have a long history with the Turkish, who have represented a threat to us, although there is now a well-integrated Turkish population, with a tradition of peaceful coexistence.

    There was also an Arab migration in large cities, to study medicine for example. But this time the arrival is massive.

    European Christians must have a hospitality speech, but we must also negotiate the situation in the Arab countries

  • English. Sottotitoli in italiano


    Slovakia is mainly a transit country for migrants to go to Germany, Scandinavian countries... But people are between the need to help them and the fear for a risk islamisation of the country. Because of the coming elections, migrants become an electoral theme. As christians we must help people to see them as human beings, without forgetting that they have to comply with the national rules.

  • Video interview in English

    Slovenja is probably the  most communist country of the EU. 70% of the economy is under government control
    which is under the control of the former communist structures. There is a lot of corruption and the economy is inefficient Respect for the law is very relative, the opposition has been convicted of bribery.

  • It was a special day in Riace, a small village in Calabria, in southern Italy, as residents recently celebrated Saints Cosmas and Damian — doctors of the poor, patrons of Riace and of gypsies.

    There was also a special guest joining the mayor to open the ceremony: 9-year-old Even, who had arrived from Ethiopia just three days before.

    “Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian came from Syria. Today Syria is in many ways at the centre of the world’s problems; there’s an exodus that’s unprecedented in the history of mankind. Today, in Riace, we have a child as a symbol of hope, of a new life, to which all humans are entitled,” Domenico Lucano, Mayor of Riace, said during the celebrations.

  • Literacy and active citizenship for North African women

    The project "Torino my city", born from an idea of ​​the Meic of Torino in more than 15 years ago and managed since 2015 by “Mondi in città” (Non profit organization), has involved so far more than 3000 students accompanied by over 900 children. More than 1,200 students were able to obtain a secondary school diploma. The courses are organized by “Mondi in città”, thanks to the contribution of Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Associazione Come Noi (non-profit org.) and gifts from supporters. The initiatives are carried out in collaboration with the Civic Libraries of Torino and with the patronage of 4 city circumscriptions. The MEIC, thanks to the 8x1000 of the Catholic Church, guarantees the cultural and educational paths to the active citizenship.

  • Interview in English

    In 2015 Germany hosted 1.1 million refugees. Many continue to arrive. Even without right to asylum they must leave their country. Refugees must be welcome, find a housing, and the integration process must start immediately. There are many volunteers who support governmental actions. There are different responses in population: support the action of Merkel, or oppose to it. There is a debate about the limits of integration.

  • "I want to declare the willingness of the Church of Turin to welcome some of the families who are on board the ships Sea Watch 3 and Sea Eye": said the Archbishop of Turin, Cesare Nosiglia this morning, during the homily for the traditional People's Day. The diocese had already hosted two migrants from the ship Diciotti last September.

    "It is a gesture - continued Nosiglia - that has a symbolic and spiritual meaning and is, at the same time, very concrete.

  • It's World Refugee Day and today the UN reported that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people.
    Please pray today for all the families who've been forced to leave their homes with nothing, in fear for their lives.