Detailing EU support for NGOs
An activist who works the American Bar Association detailed why her organization was selected to receive EU funding: “We pay attention to ethnic minorities, the mentally ill and law enforcement practices. Our reports focus on the long term.”
A member of the French delegation said diplomats “can do nothing without NGOs”. “Get together and come visit our embassies,” he advised activists. “If one of them cannot see you, go to the embassy of another EU member state.”
European diplomats added that the European Commission could offer discreet financial help to NGOs, especially when supporting an organization that is illegal in its home country.