Basic CSO Laws
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In 2016-17 our mission to protect and promote civic space has become more challenging – but also more important than ever. Our activity report explains why.
Data protection & access to resources: CSOs at the intersection
Civil society organisations enjoy a fundamental right to access resources, but what happens when data protection (e.g. EU GDPR) regulations restrict that right?
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.
CSO funding limitations proposed in Moldova’s new Draft NCO Law
The Special Provisions of the draft NCO law under discussion in Moldova would have limited CSOs’ ability to engage in public affairs and impose limitations on access to resources.
A more progressive NGO Law adopted in Cyprus
Cyprus has adopted progressive amendments to the NGO Law. It promotes financial and managerial transparency of CSOs and provides for the establishment of federations or other types of CSO unions.
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.
ECNL launches new project to monitor CSO enabling environment in the Eastern partnership region
Our flagship, 4-year project will create a framework to monitor civic space and fundamental freedoms.
ECNL presents 2015 Report on Enabling Environment in Western Balkans
ECNL discussed key regional findings of 2015 Monitoring Matrix Report with EU institutions in Brussels.
Registration Handbook is now available online!
The registration handbook - available also in Russian and Belarusian - provides comparative information on regulation of registration, operation and access to resources by CSOs in 8 European countries.
Discussions on the draft Law on Public Organisations in Armenia
Short report on the meeting at the National Assembly Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs
Shrinking space for civil society – Addressing the implementation gap, CSI Side Event, 12 June
Internationally guaranteed protections for fundamental rights are clearly not understood by some States and not translated into safeguards for civil society nationally.
Civic Space Initiative, including ECNL, organized a side event to identify how States must address the “implementation gap” between international standards and domestic law and practice, in particular for marginalized groups.
Presentation of First Report of Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment
On May 27, ECNL and BCSDN presented the regional report under the Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development, in Brussels. The report contains key findings generated from the country reports which monitored the legal framework and practical implementation of the policies and laws under the Matrix. The Report also puts forward specific...