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Expert Council on NGO Law calls Greece to revoke restrictions on the registration and certification of NGOs

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Expert Council on NGO Law calls Greece to revoke restrictions on the registration and certification of NGOs

On 23 November 2020, the Expert Council on NGO Law 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 10616/2020 of 9 September 2020, which is inconsistent with Greece's obligations to respect freedom of association, and further impedes civil society space. According to the Expert Council, it should be repealed without delay. "The Greek Government should carry out a full review of its laws and related decisions pertaining to the registration, certification and operation of NGOs in order to guarantee civil society space, in line with European standards. This should be done with the input from local NGOs working on asylum, migration and social inclusion, as from other domains. The Expert Council on NGO Law offers its continued assistance and support to Greece in the review of any proposed new ministerial decisions or legislation, or amendments to existing provisions."