Croatian civil society organizations, gathered in the informal network Forum 2020, through in-person consultations in five cities (Rijeka, Varaždin, Split, Osijek and Zagreb) as well as online consultations, have come to an agreement on the priorities for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2020.
In its election report, Gong wrote that the European Parliament elections were conducted according to legal regulations and international good practice election standards. However, some shortcomings were noticed so Gong issued recommendations for the next election with the goal of improving the legal framework for conducting the election and improving the operations of responsible authorities.
The data from the SEC financial reports and the social media reports for the European Parliament election show that the amount spent, which Gong warned about even before the election, is not possible to precisely define and it is necessary to more clearly regulate political advertising on social media and digital platforms
According to non-anonymous reports to Gong, the election morning went by peacefully with few reports about irregularities.
The election campaign for the European Parliament in 2019 was the first election campaign in which we have had a somewhat better insight into a political advertisement on social media, especially on Facebook. In accordance to the promise of increasing transparency in advertising which Facebook has given to the European Union, the campaign has provided the public several tools for better understanding of targeted political ads. However, these tools are new, some of the policies are practised inconsistently and it is not quite clear what are the consequences for those who don't follow the advertising rules.
In the run up to the campaign for the European Parliament election, Gong gives some recommendations for the public authority bodies to minimise the threats to the democracy on the internet. They are the result of discussions from the international conference and the expert forum organised by Gong at the beginning of February. They give answers to 4 main risks concerning the election in the digital age.
This analysis presents 8 key topics relevant for the upcoming Croatian Presidency of the EU in 2020. It is intended for all European citizens, and civil and political actors who critically fight against the fascization of Europe.
The purpose of this online public consultation is to detect the problems and solutions that European active citizens consider critical for the democratic and sustainable development of the EU and protection of the European values over the upcoming two years of the new EU presidency.
You can take part in the public consultation HERE, through the online consultations civil society platform SAVJETODAVNA, where you can comment thematic policy briefs related to the following EU's hot issues: Post-Brexit EU, EU's Budget 2021-27 (Multiannual Financial Framework), European Elections 2019 and Beyond, Protecting EU Values, EU's Democratic Governance, European Energy Security and Sustainability, Digital Single Market and EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans. While there is no separate thematic brief on migration management, the issue is partially covered in the EU Value Protection policy brief. All contributions are most welcome!
This public consultation has been launched by Croatian civil society organisations Gong and CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity in cooperation with SOLIDARNA Foundation and is open until October 5, 2018.
Public consultation results will serve as a basis for agreement on common advocacy and awareness raising agenda of the Croatian, Romanian and Finnish civil society organizations, in collaboration with their counterparts throughout EU and the enlargement countries in the Western Balkans, as well as with EU policy experts and social partners. The results of this public consultation, including online survey results, will be publicly presented on October 9, 2018 in Zagreb, at the international conference "The Role of EU Presidency in protecting the European values", co-organized by Gong and CROSOL.
If you will be outside of your place of residence (in Zagreb) on election day, contact by phone or email the Office for General Administration by Wednesday October 28 on any working day during the working hours of the office, or on Saturday October 24 anytime from 8:00-14:00. Nadležni uredi u Republici Hrvatskoj će na dan 28. listopada 2015. godine zaprimati zahtjeve do 16.00 sati. The appropriate offices in the Republic of Croatia will be accepting applications on October 28 until 16:00.
The Constitutional Court reacts late yet again, and changes the rules of the electoral game one minute before it begins, right before the dissolution of the Parliament, when there is nothing to be done to fix the flaws of the legal framework. The decision is politically coloured in favour of the political elite and against legal certainty and the level of citizens’ trust in political institutions and actors, and serves to confuse the public, voters, candidates, media, as well as the institutions entrusted with the execution of the elections. The impression left is that the decision was made with the upcoming re-election of the Constitutional Court judges in mind.