European Union External Action

EU Office shares concerns with civil society over the law on NGOs

Pristina, 25/01/2019 - 13:45, UNIQUE ID: 190125_7
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Deputy Head of EU Office, Riccardo Serri, had a meeting with a coalition of NGO's to discuss their ongoing campaign to amend the law on NGO's which was returned to the Assembly by the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci. The original draft law, reflected Venice Commission best practices and an inclusive drafting process involving civil society was changed in important ways. Particularly concerning is the possibility of non-profit assets being privatised when NGO's are dissolved, if amendments proposed by the President that are currently before the Assembly are not adopted. This would represent a fundamental breach of non-profit principles, and would open the door for corruption and misuse of donor funding. The EU will support these points in its political dialogue with the government, assembly and political parties. We encourage the Assembly to vote for the amendments in line with Stabilisation and Association Agreement's commitments.

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