CoE Opinion on the Romanian draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations: Serious Shortcomings as Regards Compliance with International Standards

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The Expert Council on NGO Law published an Opinion on the Romanian draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations, which has already been adopted by the Senate of Romania and is pending for imminent debate in the Chamber of Deputies. The opinion demonstrates lucidly and irrefutably that the draft Law ignores or contradicts many existing international standards and good practices concerning NGOs. Examples of the potential of the draft Law’s provisions for non-compliance are given in many of the sections of the Opinion, such as the absence of prior impact analysis; inadequate meaningful consultation with NGOs during the drafting process; the need to protect NGOs from discrimination and over-regulation; and the requirement for administrative decisions to be subject to review by an independent court. Read more here.

Source: Council of Europe

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