57 civil society organisations wrote to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen about the values that should underpin the EU’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the attached statement here.


The COVID-19 pandemic is showing how unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies.

We are living more than a public health crisis; it is a full economic, social and political crisis. Like the climate crisis, as well as the many others we face, the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone but hits some harder than others. It has shone a very bright light on the inequalities in our societies.

We are diverse civil society organisations representing human rights, civil liberties, development, environment, anti-poverty, anti-racism and other sectors, and trade unions, with a shared vision of the future. We call on the European institutions to seize this moment to work towards the fundamental changes in our society, economy and governance needed to protect us all and ensure the EU becomes resilient. We enclose a statement and our shared demands on how to start that much needed change.

We are committed to working towards a shared vision of the future of Europe, one that is based on a socially just, feminist, sustainable, democratic and inclusive society. We believe the Commission must respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that put us on a path to achieve that vision.

Read the attached statement here.


ACT Alliance EU
ActionAid International
Albanian Center for Population and Development (ACPD)
All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland
Amnesty International
Asociación Caminos
ATD Fourth World
CATRO Bulgaria
CEE Bankwatch Network
Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
Coordinadora de ONGD-España
Czechia Against Poverty and Inequality
Defend Democracy
End FGM European Network
European Civic Forum
European Consortium for Emergency Contraception
European Disability Forum
European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
European Movement International
European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
European Oncology Nursing Society
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
European Women’s Lobby
European Youth Forum
Fair Trade Advocacy Office
Federación de Planificación Familiar de España
Friends of the Earth Europe
Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)
International Planned Parenthood Federation, European Network
Know and Can Association
Le Planning Familial
Lithuanian NGDO Platform
Mighty Earth
Naturefriends International (NFI)
Open Society European Policy Initiative
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Familienplanung (ÖGF)
P&D Factor – Ass. Cooperação sobre População e Desencolvimento, Portugal
Pistes Solidaires
Rehabilitation Center for Stress and Trauma – RCT
Society for Education on Contraception and Sexuality
(SECS) Romania
The Good Lobby
WeMove Europe
WWF European Policy Office (EPO)
YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Young Feminist Europe
Young Friends of the Earth Europe