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.
Regulating fundraising in Europe – a timely issue
Access to resources is important not only for NGOs but also for the communities who benefit from their work. How best (if at all) to regulate fundraising? Find out in our comprehensive research!
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.
Council of Europe adopts Guidelines for civil participation in political decision-making
The Guidelines provide a clear roadmap to effectively implement the right to civil participation for both states and civil society which will make them an important reform and advocacy tool.
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...
ECNL is hiring!
We are currently seeking a part-time Finance Assistant with fluency in English and Hungarian to join our team in Budapest.
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Successful CSO advocacy effort in Bulgaria: Funding limitation for professional associations withdrawn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.
Ensuring financial inclusion and addressing de-risking are priorities for incoming FATF President
FATF commits to continued monitoring of proper implementation of its standards on nonprofits.
De-risking and non-profits: how do you solve a problem that no-one wants to take responsibility for?
Article on growing bank de-risking, how it fits into the worldwide trend of closing space of civil society and how anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing rules should be corrected.