Annual report 2022
The disturbing news of war shattered the hopes of many in 2022.European democracies felt shaken. It is undeniable that the war in Ukraine will have an impact on democracy in Europe. To what extent, it is still to be determined.
Amid it all, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and independent media took a central role, reacting quickly where governments fell short. Our grantee and foundation partners adapted their work to respond in solidarity with civil society in Ukraine.
Elsewhere in Europe, civil society (CS) and independent public-interest media have stood strong in the face of continuous obstacles. We have seen pro-democracy actors contributing to shaping public policies that protect and uphold democracy. For instance, CSOs contributed to shaping digital policies at national and EU levels. These actions changed our digital public sphere, promoting democracy, ensuring citizens’ safety online and their access to reliable information.