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This handbook provides practical guidance for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to advocate and litigate using EU law to protect their rights and civic space in the EU.It aims to be a user-friendly guide for CSOs who want to know::What EU law is and how it affects individuals and organisations;When and how CSOs can challenge national provisions or measures that impact their mission, activities and operations on the basis of EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR);Which legal avenues and resources are available for CSOs to defend their civic space within the EU law frameworkA list of resources as well as practical tools can be found in the last part the document.
This study compares the legal framework for fundraising in 16 European countries.The research focuses on the regulation of fundraising by CSOs, defined as soliciting voluntary philanthropic contributions from individuals, corporations and grant-making organizations.It examines options for both statutory regulation and self-regulation.It draws upon international legal instruments, country laws and regulations, articles and studies, and maps out a broad spectrum of issues affecting fundraising, from reporting requirements to penalties to restrictions on cross-border donations.It features case studies on Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and Spain, which provide concrete insights on the regulation of fundraising in countries from different regions and with different legal system and philanthropic cultures.The report covers 16 countries from all regions of Europe; 21 international and regional documents; 65 laws and regulations; 101 secondary resources; 30 links and websites; 3 case studies.This report is a first step towards further research to assess the impact and implementation of legislation and self-regulation fundraising. A summary is available: http://ecnl.org/publications/regulatory-framework-fundraising-europe/
The Operating Environment for Public-Benefit Foundations in the Western Balkans Region : A Project Supported by the Rockefeller Brothers FundNovember 1, 2014
That study explores the operating environment for public-benefit foundations in the Western Balkans region. Examining the legal and tax framework for foundations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, it draws on data provided by local foundation law experts in each of the countries surveyed and presents a comparative analysis.
This handbook is the result of our efforts. It is based on eight basic principles we consider essential to NGO governance around the world. These principles, expressed in the handbook's eight major headings, provide the basis for the guidelines for governance stated in the sub-headings and elaborated in the accompanying texts. The guidelines, and more particularly the sidebars, reflect our belief that efforts to apply the principles of good governance face different challenges in CEE than in the United States or elsewhere. Throughout the handbook we seek to address the specific environment of CEE and offer solutions to the special challenges our NGOs face.
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