Expert Council on NGO Law

Presentation and discussion of the study: The Legal Space for Non-Governmental Organisations in Europe

24 November 2021 Strasbourg

On 8 December 2021 the Expert Council on NGO Law organised a presentation and discussion of the study on the legal status of NGOs and on the implementation of the Recommendation (2007)14 of CoE Committee of Ministers to member states on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe...

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CoE Committee of Ministers published the Communication from the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs (10/08/2021) in the case of BEKIR-OUSTA AND OTHERS v. Greece (Application No. 35151/05)

17.09.2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs is very concerned that the case of BEKIR-OUSTA AND OTHERS v. Greece (Application No. 35151/05) is not resolved yet. The Expert Council on NGO-Law once again has issued a strong statement to uphold the findings of the European Court of Human...

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Expert Council on NGO Law online event ''Young Environmental Defenders and Their Rights'' in the framework of the World Forum for Democracy of the Council of Europe

headline 20/05/2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law organised an online event on 19 May ''Young Environmental Defenders and Their Rights'' as part of the World Forum for Democracy of the Council of Europe. Environmental defenders are all part of civil society that should be understood broadly to encompass individuals,...

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Opinion on the Bill to ensure respect for the principles of the Republic by all

The Expert Council on NGO Law is concerned about the restrictions by the Bill to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic by all

31/03/2021 Strasbourg

The bill to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic by all, currently before the French Parliament, seeks to create new obligations for associations and to extend the controls over them. The Expert Council on NGO Law is deeply concerned about the restrictions that would be placed on...

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Expert Council on NGO Law publishes a Review on NGO Participation in Policy Development

25 February 2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe published a review that examines practices related to participation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in policy development in the member States of the Council of Europe (CoE). It is conducted against the background of standards and...

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Opinion on the compatibility with European standards of recent and planned amendments to the Russian legislation affecting NGOs

Expert Council on NGO Law calls upon Russian authorities not to adopt planned amendments to legislation affecting NGOs

19 February 2021 Strasbourg

The Expert Council has prepared an opinion examining the compatibility with European standards of the main changes in recently adopted and planned legislative provisions with respect to the functioning and activities of NGOs in Russia. The changes involve extending the scope of the category of...

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Opinion on the Compatibility with European Standards of Recent and Planned Amendments to the Greek Legislation on NGO Registration

Expert Council on NGO Law calls for the revocation of the Greek Ministerial Decision 10616/2020 on NGOs

23 November 2020 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law has issued an Addendum to its 2 July 2020 Opinion on Greek Legislation on the registration and certification of Greek and foreign NGOs engaged in activities related to asylum, migration, and social inclusion. The Addendum focuses on Greek Ministerial Decision...

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Statement by Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of INGOs and Jeremy McBride, President of the Expert Council on NGO Law

Call to the Parliament of Moldova to pass Draft Law No. 109 on Non-Commercial Organizations

7 May 2020 Strasbourg

"We are pleased to learn that the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova has now re-started the process of considering the draft Law No. 109 on Non-commercial organizations that was given a first reading in May 2018. The draft Law, if adopted in its current version, would be a welcome improvement...

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Expert Council on NGO Law

New Guidelines on Protecting NGO Work in Support of Refugees and Other Migrants

4 May 2020 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law has adopted Guidelines on Protecting NGO Work in Support of Refugees and Other Migrants. These guidelines have been developed to help Council of Europe Member States, the European Union and international organizations to ensure, when taking action against trafficking...

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Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs

“Amendments to the Law on Associations of Turkey are problematic on both procedural and substantive accounts”

29 April 2020 Strasbourg

The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe published an opinion that examines the compatibility with European standards of recently enacted amendments [1] to the Law on Associations of the Republic of Turkey (Law No. 5253, “Official Gazette”, No. 25649). The...

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