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Expertise in reform of legal framework and building mechanisms for cooperation

ECNL was engaged in an assessment of the CSO legal framework to enhance cooperation between the Government and CSOs in Cyprus (2007-2008). We prepared an Assessment Report and worked with the Planning Bureau of the Government, as well as several ministries in developing a concept for greater involvement and more transparent funding of CSOs in Cyprus. ECNL also hosted a Study Tour of CSOs and Government representatives from Cyprus in Hungary to learn about the policies and mechanisms of government – CSO cooperation.

In 2013-2014 we provided assistance to our local partners in the southern part of the island on the reform of the key legislation regarding associations and public benefit status. Currently ECNL’s expertize has been sought under the Civic Space program in the northern part of Cyprus. We have provided comments to the draft Law on Associations and are in the process of assisting a larger-scale reform to include CSO-government strategy, participation in decision-making and other important elements of an enabling environment.