Box 1: EU Guidelines assessment
Result 1.1.b Quality assessment of existing legislation and policy framework
– With regards to operation of CSOs, there is a tendency for state interference in the operation of CSOs, as reflected in some of the laws recently approved, as: the Law on Youth, the Law on Social Enterprises, and the Law on Accounting and Financial Statements.
– With regards to freedom of assemblies, the Law No. 8773, dated 23.4.2001 on Assemblies needs to be amended, in order to be in fully compliance with international standards and best practices of freedom of assemblies’ regarding and online notification procedure, and regulation of spontaneous and counter – assemblies.
– With regards to freedom of expressions, the new anti-defamation legal package presented and approved by the parliament, introduces new additional competences to the AMA that are inconsistent with international standards and widely opposed by media organisations and even international institutions.
Result 1.1.c. Progress in the adoption and implementation of relevant legislation
– Despite being a legal obligation, the electronic register of CSOs that would enable comprehensive records for the sector is not available yet, leading to non-reliable data from public institutions and not available in a consolidated from.