Empowering local initiatives on counter-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering
Civil society activists and advocates were trained on how civic freedoms are affected by these processes and how they can engage to protect them.
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?
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.
FRA: increasing restrictions within EU against CSOs promoting human rights
A new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights confirms that the EU’s own civil society is facing a pattern of threats and pressures.
Moldova to adopt CSO Strategy
On 22 December 2017, the Civil Society Development Strategy for 2017-2020 and its Action Plan were officially submitted to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. The Strategy reflects the country's commitment to systematically strengthening the conditions for the dynamic development of the civil society.
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.
Pro bono activities strengthen civic space
Pro bono lawyers are key to strengthen civil society by helping CSOs to navigate in increasingly restrictive legal environments.
Insight into ECNL’s work on social enterprise law and policy
The European Social Enterprise Law Association, ESELA interviewed us about our work on social enterprise law and policy in Eastern Europe. In the interview, Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans, ECNL’s Executive Director, and Eszter Hartay, Legal Advisor, talked about the potential of social enterprise movement and the key challenges that CSOs and legislators are facing in the region and presented...
OSCE/ODIHR Opinion on Poland’s Planned Central Body for Civil Society Development
Poland should limit potential government interference in the National Freedom Institute’s work and increase CSO's participation in its governance, says OSCE/ODIHR.
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.
Successful CSO advocacy effort in Bulgaria: Funding limitation for professional associations withdrawn
Local CSOs criticised the draft law as the limitation to funding sources would undermine the sustainability and independence of magistrates’ associations.