Representatives of NGOs from 15 countries founded the European Civil Cooperation Conference in Budapest, with a view to better represent civil movements in the EU, László Csizmadia, founder of the pro-government Civil Union Forum (COF) and allied COKA foundation, which spearheaded the initiative, told public television.
At the presser ahead of the founding conference, Csizmadia called for reforms in the EU. Civil organisations’ voices must be heard and the sovereignty of nation states respected, he said. The founders believe that the future of Europe lies in Judeo-Christian civilisation, Csizmadia said.
Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky, the Prime Minister’s Office’s deputy state secretary for relations with civil society, said that over 60,000 civil organisations received some 284 billion forints (EUR 881.8m) domestic and EU funding last year. “NGOs are alive and well in Hungary,” he said.