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ECNL is engaged at the European and international level not only as a standalone expert but as a member of different European and international networks.

Our founder:

International Center for Not-for-Profit LawICNL logo

The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes an enabling legal environment for civil society, freedom of association, and public participation around the world. ICNL helps to establish legal framework for strengthening civil society in over 90 countries through technnical assistance and expertise of its multinational in-house staff, global network of legal specialists and partnerships with civil society representatives, government officials, scholars, and business leaders. ICNL’s programs and values are designed to provide assistance in the design and implementation of programs regarding CSO legislation, financial sustainability of CSOs, governance, accountability and self-regulation, public-private partnerships, public participation and advocacy.

Our affiliate:

Bulgarian Center for Not-for-Profit Law BCNL

The Bulgarian Center is the leading organization on not-for-profit law affecting Bulgarian NGOs. The Sofia based BCNL’s mission is to provide legal and policy support for the development of civil society, public participation and good governance in Bulgaria. It oversees the NGO Information Portal – the primary source of information about Bulgarian NGOs. BCNL pursues its mission with the strong belief that developing the legal framework for not-for-profit organizations is fundamental to the creation of an independent and prosperous civil society.

We are members of

Transnational Civil Society Working Group

The aim of Transnational Civil Society Working Group is to monitor, share experiences on and respond to developments concerning civil society related to the activities of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). With representatives of NGOs from Africa, Australia, Europe and the United States, the Working Group represents a global effort to add the voices of civil society to this important discussion.

HAND – Hungarian Associations of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian AidHungarian Associations of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid

The Hungarian Associations of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid was established in 2003 and its principal mission is to contribute to the formulation of an effective, transparent and sustainable development cooperation policy. Relying on years of professional experience of its member organisations HAND aims at becoming a co-operative partner of the Hungarian governmental bodies.

CONCORD – CONfederation for COoperation of Relief and Development NGOs Concord

CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs which consist 27 national associations, 17 international networks and 2 associate members that represent over 1,800 NGOs supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD was founded in 2003 by development NGOs to act as the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development cooperation policy.
ECNL is a member of the CSO Development Effectiveness working group. We are also involved in Eastern Partnership and Neighborhood (EPAN) group and a non formal group on enabling environment for CSOs. Previously, ECNL was a member of the sub-group on Financial Regulation and Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) groups of CONCORD.

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) aims to strengthen civil society in the Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Civil Society Forum is an annual meeting of EaP and EU CSOs, which fosters cooperation and exchange of experiences, as well as gives space to policy dialogue between CSOs and the EU and to promote conducive environment for civil society in the region. ECNL participated in the EaP CSF meetings in 2012, 2013, 2014 as a delegate from the EU.

We participate in the following expert groups:

Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO law

The Expert Council carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and its implementation that seem to pose problems of conformity with international standards, notably the European Convention on Human Rights and related Recommendations. Its work covers the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe and Belarus.

The Expert Council was created in January 2008 by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe with the aim of creating an enabling environment for NGOs through examining national NGO legislation and its implementation and provides advice on how to bring national law and practice into line with Council of Europe standards and European good practice.

The Expert Council provides follow-up to a Recommendation adopted in 2007 by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers which sets a framework for the legal status of NGOs in Europe (CM/Rec(2007)14) and to the Council of Europe’s commitment to the role of civil society in the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It co-operates closely with other Council of Europe bodies, in particular the Venice Commission and the Commissioner for Human Rights.
ECNL Executive Director, Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans is a member of the Council.  On behalf of the Council she authored a study with the title Regulating Political Activities of Non-Governmental Organisations.

On regional level we work in close collaboration with:

BCSDN – Balkan Civil Society Development Network

Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) is a network of 15 civil society organizations from 10 countries and territories in South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey). Its mission is to empower the civil society and influence European and national policies towards a more enabling environment for civil society development in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in the Balkans.