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Handbook on Registering a Civil Society Organization (CSO) – New Volume out now!

The Handbook on Registering a Civil Society Organization Volume 1 and 2 provides comparative information for those that wish to set up an organisation at home or in another country, or to compare conditions for incorporation and operation between countries. It now covers 17 selected countries with each country note broken down into thematic subsections.

The first edition of the Handbook, launched in October 2018, covers 10 countries from Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, namely Belgium, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Lebanon, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey. The first edition is available in English, Arabic and Russian.

Volume 2 of the Handbook, published in December 2019, focuses on 5 countries from Europe: Finland, Italy, Romania, Spain and the Netherlands, and 2 countries from beyond Europe: Australia and Costa Rica. Volume 2 is available in English.

The Handbook was developed in collaboration with our partnering law firms, DLA Piper and Dentons.

Disclaimer: The purpose of the Handbook is not to give legal advice, but to provide interested persons with access to informative materials. Recognizing that CSO laws change and interpretations of local law vary, ECNL is not liable for any differences or inaccuracies.

ECNL Civil Society Handbook Volume 2