European Forum Alpbach (EFA) 2022
The European Forum Alpbach 2022 was dedicated to the theme “The New Europe”. Patricia Mussi-Mailer from the LBI-GMR was on site for the retreat “Building a European Civic Space” in Tyrol.
From Sun., 21 August, to Fri., 2 September 2022, up to 4.000 participants exchanged views on current socio-political issues at the European Forum Alpbach (EFA).
On behalf of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR), our administrative director Patricia Mussi-Mailer was on site in Tyrol. She was one of many international experts who took part in a three-day retreat organised by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Hertie School on the topic of “Building a European civic space”.
Among other things, the following aspects of civil society work were discussed:
- Enforcement of existing law
- Improvement of EU processes and structures
- More sustainable core-funding
- Campaigning and communications
- Cross-border and multi-national alliances
Patricia Mussi-Mailer sums up the retreat as follows:
“A top-class group of European human rights defenders spent three mornings dealing with the question of how we can counteract the dismantling of civil society space. I found it especially interesting that it is a great challenge everywhere in Europe to mobilise the population in the sense of human rights.”