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Handbook on Civil Society Organisations Registration and Operation

The Handbook on Civil Society Organisations Registration and Operation: Comparative aspects provides comparative information on regulation of registration, operation and access to resources by CSOs in selected European countries: Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Ukraine. The information was collected through a desktop research of the relevant country laws and regulations followed by the consultations with country experts.

The Handbook is available in BelarusianRussian and in English. You can read the selected country report by clicking on the country name above or access the comparative charts here. The publication was developed by the team of experts from the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) on request of the Legal Transformation Center and Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus. 

We wish to thank the following partners who supported ECNL’s research efforts in preparing this Handbook: Lawyers for Civil Society / Некоммерческое партнерство “Юристы за гражданское общество, Russia; Krzysztof Izdebski, lawyer, Poland; Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden; Alari Rammo, NENO/EMSL, Estonia; Aurelija Olendraite, NGO Law Institute/NVO Teisės Institutas, Lithuania; Anastasia Krasnosilska, expert of Ukrainian Сenter for Independent Political Research ; Caterina Scuderi, a former ECNL intern.

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