Accountability / Transparency
How ‘Stop Soros’ draft laws target the wider Hungarian CSO sector
The draft laws are discriminatory and violate fundamental rights and freedoms, including freedom of association. The proposals will have an ultimate impact on those in need of public benefit services.
CoE Expert Council Opinion on Romania’s Draft Law on Associations and Foundations
The draft Law has serious shortcomings as regards compliance with international standards and EU treaties, and may weaken civil society organisations, says CoE's Expert Council on NGO Law.
Hungarian Law on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad: What is at stake?
ECNL's briefer highlights the key concerns about Hungary's newly adopted law on foreign funded organisations.
Regulation of NGOs in Europe and NGO engagement with FATF
The research paper by Oonagh B. Breen explores non-profit oversight in Europe and reviews NGO attempts to influence FATF policies limiting civil society space .
Civil Society Participation: an Essential Element in Anti-Corruption Efforts
At a time when trust in governments’ commitments to fight corruption is declining, it is imperative to encourage and enable civil society to participate.
Taxation of cross-border philanthropy in Europe
Whether undertaking joint initiatives, implementing multi-country projects, seeking to reach more beneficiaries, or raising funds from a wider group of donors,organisations want to be active cross-border to effectively pursue their mission.
“Who owns the transparency agenda?” A multi-stakeholder exchange on who’s driving it and why
Together with the European Foundation Centre and the Human Security Collective, ECNL is organizing an interactive policy briefing that asks: who owns the transparency agenda and to what purpose. The event is taking place on April 22 in Brussels.
Event: Preventing Terrorist Abuse of NGOs: Implications for the Future Regulatory Framework
ECNL is co-organizing an event on January 24 on Preventing Terrorist Abuse of NGOs, with the European Foundation Centre and Human Security Collective. The co-chair of the FATF Risk Management and Trends Working Group (Typologies), and a panel of civil society and non-profit law experts will provide background and analysis to help increase understanding...
Supporting Enabling Legal Framework for Civil Society Development and Civic Engagement in Moldova
ECNL in collaboration with ICNL have been supporting Moldovan CSOs and public authorities to create sustainable legal framework and enhance their cooperation for over 15 years. Since 2007 ECNL has been the lead on implementing programs with the support of the USAID and the EU. All of these accomplishments have been a result of a...
Growing Accountable – Conference on Accountability and Transparency in Grant-giving Relations
The Open Estonia Foundation in cooperation with ECNL organised a conference “Growing accountable – conference on accountability and transparency in grant-giving relations” on the 20th of May in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference is funded by EEA Grants and organized for strengthening cooperation of and supporting mutual learning between fund operators.
Disturbing Trend on Restrictions Affecting Participation and Access to Information
Acts on the freedom of information have recently been modified in a restrictive way in a number of countries, including Hungary, Denmark and South Africa.
Restrictive Draft Amendments Withdrawn from Bulgarian Law
The Bulgarian government recently resigned amidst protests against high electricity prices, low living standards, and pervasive political corruption. During the government’s last days in office, a group of MPs introduced amendments to existing anti-corruption legislation that would have severely threatened civil society.