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Contributing to EU policies on Enabling Environment

ECNL collaborates with EU institutions and European CSO networks to promote better policies regarding the enabling legal environment and funding by the EU for CSOs. In the past we have provided expertise to a number of public consultations, collaborated with the EU institutions in promoting enabling legal environment issues, addressing issues concerning availability and accessibility of the EU funding for CSOs and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing initiatives.

Most recently we contributed to the development of the 2012 EC Communication The Roots of Democracy and Sustainable Development: Europe’s Engagement with Civil Society in External Relations, and worked with the Directorate-General of Development and Cooperation to share practices of how EU delegations and other EU member states have contributed to the creation of better policy and legal frameworks for civil society. We also contributed to the act on establishing the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program for 2014-2020 and the EC Directorate General Enlargement Guidelines for EU Support to Civil Society in Enlargement Countries, 2014-2020.

We are engaged on European level independently and through European level networks. For example, ECNL is member of the Hungary Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid (HAND), and through this it takes active part in the working groups of the European NGO confederation for relief and development – CONCORD. ECNL was invited to joint efforts with CONCORD on establishing a working group on CSO legal environment in 2014. ECNL is currently deepening its partnership with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

For more information see: What we do – Shaping European and Global Policies.

ECNL produced a research study on the Recent Public and Self-Regulatory Initiatives Improving Transparency and Accountability of Non-Profit Organisations in the European Union under a service contract by the European Commission.

The report is built on existing research and analyses that have been conducted on NPO regulatory issues, identifies ongoing initiatives and the most recent common trends and provides recommendations relating to potential EU level actions.

The goal of the research study was to identify and explore the volume and depth of existing government and NPO initiatives aiming to improve NPO accountability and transparency. The report focused on the 27 EU Member States and on the EU level. The report was commissioned also in order to map out initiatives that can help respond to around counter-terrorism issues.