8 Mar. 2024

Free Media Grant Program

26 January 2024 - Following the approval of the supporting US Embassy in Budapest, the decision on the applications received for the first call for proposals has been made by Mérték Media Monitor and the Ökotárs Foundation.

8 Mar. 2024

Free Media Grant Program

The Mérték Media Monitor and the Ökotárs-Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation (hereinafter jointly referred to as Mérték and Ökotárs), with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Budapest, Hungary, are pleased to announce a call for proposals to support national and local independent media in Hungary with the goal to protect and strengthen press freedom, with...

17 Jan. 2024

Hungarian CSOs contribute to the European Commission’s 2024 Rule of Law Report

Ökotárs Foundation is contributing to the European Commission’s annual Rule of Law Report in coordination with other Hungarian human rights and anti-corruption CSOs.

24 Oct. 2023

Reclaim Our Civil Space! comes to an end, but the work goes on!

Where do we stand with the European civil society strategy? – was the title of the conference Ökotárs and its partners held on 12 October in Brussels, in the EFTA House. The event, attended by about 60 representatives of civil society organisations from Central Europe, Brussels-based European networks and EU institution, served a double goal.

20 Mar. 2023

The first calls of the Union Values Programme have closed

The deadline for CSOs to submit their applications to the first calls of Union Values Programme was 2 pm on 20 March 2023. The call for applications was open to cohesive and active civil society organisations that  committed themselves to building new partnerships, developing as organisations, and expanding their methodological knowledge while implementing concrete campaigns. The first...

16 Mar. 2023

Fighting for Democratic Empowerment and Resilience report released

  • Civil society is under pressure in several member states in 2022
  • In Hungary the situation is similar
  • Urgent call for a European civil society strategy

28 Feb. 2023

In memoriam Zsuzsa Foltányi (1956-2023)

We try to fathom the unfathomable: Zsuzsa is not with us any more. She passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on 25 February.

It is no exaggeration to say that her death is a great loss for the entire Hungarian civil society. Without her, there would be no Ökotárs, at least not in the form we know it today. And the same can be said of more than one organisation.

23 Jan. 2023

Contributions of Hungarian CSOs to the European Comission’s Rule of Law Report 2023

In 2022, the Government of Hungary made some important steps to upgrade the country’s rule of law performance, although not in response to the findings and recommendations included in the 2022 Rule of Law Report, but as part of 1) the conditionality mechanism triggered by the European Commission and 2) the negotiations over Hungary’s Recovery and Resilience Plan. The 17 commitments made by the...