News and Updates

01 December 2021

Will EU actions deliver for cross-border philanthropy?

It seems that policy makers are hearing our sector’s concerns about the need to overcome barriers to cross-border philanthropy, both at the level of the European Commission and at the level of the European Parliament. There is an increasing acknowledgement of philanthropy and philanthropic organisations as key actors in moving several EU policy agendas forward for the public good and a willingness to reduce existing barriers. Philanthropy Advocacy is analysing ways forward – we will only know in a couple of weeks’ time if the new EU action will deliver for philanthropy – stay tuned!
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30 November 2021

Civil society perspectives on the European Rule of Law Mechanism

The European Economic and Social Committee organised on Thursday, 4 November a conference on the developments in the EU in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law in 2020-2021. The conferen...
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30 November 2021

Civil Society Organisations including philanthropy call for an EU Civil Society Strategy

At a conference, organised by the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in partnership with Civil Society Europe and with the support of the EESC's Liaison G...
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24 November 2021

Philanthropy and civil society input into the Conference on the Future of Europe

We are as Philanthropy advocacy engaging with the Conference on the Future of Europe by contributing our Manifesto asks and ideas coming from our membership into different channels, also using our seat in the Economic and Social Committee Liaison Group (EESC LG). We have also encouraged our members to follow and link up to the conference themselves. Everyone is invited to provide input to the CofoE via this website. We are also part of the Civil Society Convention on the conference on the Future of Europe.
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24 November 2021

Philanthropy Advocacy together with NPO partners on a quest to improve current EU AML/CFT policies

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European Commission ́s consultations on the newpackage of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules together with the partners from ECNL, Human Security Collective, CSE and EFA.
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19 November 2021

European Parliament addresses abusive lawsuits against critical voices

On 10 November 2021, the European Parliament plenary adopted the joint JURI and LIBE Committee own initiative report on “Strengthening democracy, media freedom and pluralism in the EU”. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) consist in abusive litigation characterized by a disparity of power and resources between the plaintiff and the defendant with the aim to shut down critical speech by intimidating critics and draining their resources.
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18 November 2021

Debate: “A Single market for Philanthropy” to unlock the potential of philanthropy ‒ private resources for public good ‒ across the EU

“Philanthropy can help us catalyse a more holistic response to the vast challenges that lie ahead, from climate change to vaccination and social innovation.” Those were the words of Mairead McGuinness, the European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, at the European Parliament plenary session of 21 October 2021. The plenary welcomed Commissioner McGuinness on behalf of Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel to start a debate on the proposal to build a “single market for philanthropy”.
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25 October 2021

Philanthropy as a new way to mobilise finance for impact

Philanthropic organisations handle the grant giving and the investment of the endowment often in a very independent and diverse way. For the majority of philanthropic organisations asset administration of their endowment and their grantmaking/operational activities are two separate areas of activity with not much interlinkage. However, more philanthropic organisations have started considering that their asset administration should at least, to some extent, be linked to their mission and/or be supporting start-ups/social enterprises/businesses also in the form of “impact investing” etc.
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25 October 2021

European Parliament discusses need for a Single Market for Philanthropy

The European Parliament launched at its plenary of 21 October 2021 a debate on the need for “A Single Market for Philanthropy”. The debate was initiated by Vice-President Nicola Beer and MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk. The aim of the resolution is to unlock the potential of philanthropy in the recovery and future of Europe, mobilising complementary private resources for the public good and facilitating cross-border giving and philanthropic action.
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18 October 2021

An EU Civil Society Strategy: Why Do We Need It?

Last week the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna held its annual conference Fundamental Rights Forum (FRF), which after last year's fully online edition, took a format of the hybrid event. FRF is a unique platform for dialogue about the most pressing human rights challenges that Europe faces today and one of the sessions of the conference "An EU civil society strategy: Why do we need it?" was organised by our member, the Hungarian Donors Forum. Veronika Móra, Hungarian Donors Forum, shares her insights in this blog post.
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15 October 2021

Philanthropy on the central stage at EU Slovenian Presidency Social Economy Week

On October 13th Delphine Moralis spoke at the EU Social Economy week organised during the Slovenian Presidency. She outlines the diversity of the sector stating that philanthropy refers to foundation...
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07 October 2021

Have your say at the Civil Society Convention on the Conference the Future of Europe!

The Convention on the Conference on the Future of Europe a civil society run mechanism to collect civil society input into the Conference on the Future of Europe of which PA is part of is entering its...
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06 October 2021

Read the latest edition of the #Philanthropy4good Newsletter

Did you miss our Legal and Policy Update for European Philanthropy? Read our wrap-up!   Brussels Beats  Watch the latest special edition of Brussels Beats with Professor Helmut Anheier,...
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05 October 2021

“Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws” are launched – the most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulation of philanthropy in Europe

The launch event provided a unique space for a discussion over the key findings of the 2021 “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws”, a comparative overview of the diverse legal and fiscal environments for foundations from across 40 countries. The event convened more than 100 participants from philanthropy, academia and the EU institutions. The recording of the event will be shortly available on the Philanthropy Advocacy website.
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01 October 2021

STUDY: Most comprehensive overview to date of legal and fiscal regulations of foundations in Europe

Research commissioned by Dafne and EFC underscores need for a single market for philanthropy and the public good. The report looks into how philanthropy in Europe is regulated from a comparative perspective, what legal requirements exist to establish a foundation, whether foundations  can pursue only public-benefit or also private purposes, what governance requirements are set out, what forms of tax incentives exist to encourage philanthropic organisations and giving and how this differs across the continent or what impact anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism legislation has on the European philanthropy sector.
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29 September 2021

Why the beneficial owner concept does not really work for the non-profit sector: FATF white paper on beneficial ownership policy and sector input

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is considering amending Recommendation 24 (R.24) on the transparency and beneficial ownership of legal entities, and to that end put out a call for a public consultation on the white paper. Philanthropy Advocacy co-drafted the Global NPO Coalition’s input to this call together with other core group members, which was submitted in August. The for-profit approach cannot be applied to the civil society sector that by definition benefits the general public. A much more nuanced and risk based policy and emphasis on proportionality is needed in order not to breach standards of freedom of associations and fundamental rights.
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29 September 2021

Different views on the ongoing revision of Swiss foundation law

On 14 September 2021, the National Council approved the amendments to the law on foundations as part of the parliamentary initiative "The Swiss Foundation Sector. Strengthening” (14.470, so-called Luginbühl initiative). The amendments were approved in the overall vote by 188 votes to 0 with one abstention. In particular, the National Council had taken up the regulation of foundation supervision complaints and the remuneration of foundation boards, which SwissFoundations, as well as other stakeholders of the sector, had strongly advocated in the legislative process. The Council of States has now opposed these two points in its session on 22 September 2021.
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28 September 2021

Overcoming barriers to cross-border philanthropy and civil society: Philanthropy Advocacy addresses public EESC hearing

Philanthropy Advocacy (Dafne & EFC) was invited to speak at an important public hearing, organised by the EESC on 10 September 2021, titled “European Civil Society: Time for a European Statute f...
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27 September 2021

Five key insights into how foundations are regulated in Europe: Sneak peek into the new “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Law” publication

The 2021 comparative study sheds new light on the philanthropic foundation sector in Europe, allowing us both to better understand the landscape of foundation law in Europe, and to identify trends and developments. The publication is the most comprehensive data gathering to date providing insights into the legal and fiscal regulation of foundations and philanthropy in Europe. Here are five key takeaways to get us started.
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27 September 2021

Philanthropy Advocacy welcomes the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)´s second report on Protecting civic space in the EU

Philanthropy Advocacy welcomes the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) ´s second report on Protecting civic space in the EU building on the previous one from 2018. You can also have a...
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24 September 2021

European Semester reform should learn from National Recovery and Resilience Plans experience

On behalf of the EESC Liaison Group, the Philanthropy Advocacy (Dafne & EFC) co-lead Hanna Surmatz presented reflections about the reform of the European Semester process from a civil society pers...
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03 September 2021

Philanthropy Advocacy to present sector views at the EESC public hearings

Next week, Philanthropy Advocacy (joint Dafne and EFC initiative) will be represented by Hanna Surmatz at two EESC public hearings. On Monday 6 September, Hanna Surmatz, Philanthropy Advocacy co-le...
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03 September 2021

How foundations and philanthropy in Europe are regulated – Key trends and insights

Did you know that foundations can pursue only public-benefit purposes in Spain? Or that the Netherlands do not require a minimum capital to establish a foundation? Were you aware that political activities are taboo for Finnish foundations? Or that in France, foundations can receive legacies and donations, but corporate foundations can only receive contributions from the founding company? Join us on 1 October for the release of the 2021 edition of “Comparative Highlights of Foundation Laws”.
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06 August 2021

About Foreign Funds – Statement by TUSEV

TUSEV, the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, has published a statement as a reaction to the most recent developments in Turkey regarding the philanthropy sector, focusing on foreign funds. They are concerned about the statements and declarations in social media and other mediums regarding CSOs receiving foreign funds and they emphasise the importance of civil society in the development of democracy.
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06 August 2021

Full-time EU Public Affairs and Communications Trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy team in Brussels

Apply for the open position of Policy and Communications Trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy. Starting on 20 September 2021, you will work for six months at the Philanthropy House in the centre of Brussels. The position offers great learning opportunities and access to a great European network in politics and philanthropy. Read more...
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03 August 2021

A Single Market for Philanthropy in the EU

The ongoing process of globalization applies not only to business operations, but also to philanthropy. While it is easy for goods and services to move freely across Europe, it is still difficult for businesses and individuals to donate across borders. According to ERNOP, the annual amount of philanthropic contributions in Europe is estimated at 87.5 billion Euro. Will a single market for philanthropy become a reality in the EU?
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30 July 2021

Javier Nadal, Chair of the AEF, speaks with Europa 2021 on the role of foundations in times of crises and the common space for philanthropy in Europe

Javier Nadal, Chair of the Association of Spanish Foundations (AEF), has been interviewed by José Carlos Gallardo on Europa 2021, a Spanish public TV programme dedicated to the main issues on the EU weekly agenda and concerns for European citizens.  NextGenerationEU recovery plan that involves civil society and philanthropy has been part of the conversation.
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23 July 2021

All eyes on the new Anti-Money Laundering Package of legislative proposals

The European Commission has presented the long-awaited package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules. The purpose is harmonisation across the EU of AML and CFT rules. The package also proposes the creation of an EU authority to fight money laundering.
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20 July 2021

The European Commission unveils Rule of law report before the summer break

European Commission acknowledges civil society as a key partner for the EU in its work to promote a stronger European rule of law culture. However, the enabling framework for civil society is included only as a part of the 4th pillar on checks and balances. Read our overview.
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20 July 2021

Philanthropy in the Netherlands, Trouble in Paradise?

Siep Wijsenbeek, Director of the Association of Foundations in the Netherlands (FIN) calls on European philanthropy and civil society organisations to engage with policymakers and the public around legislative proposals that affect our sector.
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16 July 2021

Outcomes FATF Plenary

  FATF Publication on the Plenary 21 - 25 June 2021 - Published 25 June 2021 “FATF President, Dr. Marcus Pleyer, chaired the second Plenary under Germany Presidency in June 2021. The Plenar...
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16 July 2021

Recovery and Resilience takes shape in European Member States

The European Union’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic that strengthens Europe’s resilience has seen a lot of progress over the past few days. The National Recovery and Resilience Plans, whic...
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12 July 2021

Briefing on Slovenian Presidency

Slovenia has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2021. Slovenia holds its second presidency of the Council and celebrates the 30th anniversary of its independence. Th...
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12 July 2021

Global minimum corporate tax rate advances at G20 level

Philanthropy Advocacy takes stock of the recent G7 agreement to back a new global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent applicable to companies regardless of where they are based. The agreement also...
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05 July 2021

Philanthropy Advocacy is concerned about new draft Dutch law

The Philanthropy Advocacy initiative prepared and submitted comments to the online consultation on the Dutch act on transparency of civil society organisations of the Netherlands. We have collaborated...
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22 June 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe and Why It Is Important to Engage with Philanthropy and Civil Society

The Conference on the Future of Europe is an opportunity for European citizens to debate on Europe’s challenges and priorities. The European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission have...
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22 June 2021

Polish donors forum kicks off project to strengthen the sector’s advocacy capacity in Poland

On 21 June 2021 the Polish Donors Forum (Polish Dafne member, represented in the PA LAC) organised the first from a serie of meetings within the project "Stronger voice of civil society organisation...
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10 June 2021

Parliament accuses Commission for failure to act on Rule of Law

In a plenary resolution adopted on 10 June, MEPs note that the new conditionality instrument to protect the EU budget in force since 1 January 2021 applies also to the Resilience and Recovery Funds....
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09 June 2021

Europe needs to lead on Global Green Deal – Foundations Have a Crucial Role to Play

The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time and requires urgent action. There is only one decade left to act. “We cannot do this without civil society”, said Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans who is in charge of the European Green Deal. And further: “The way in which foundations can operate in our societies is the reflection on the quality of democracy in Europe,” showing his willingness to engage in a dialogue for a better operating environment for philanthropy and civil society.
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09 June 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe – how can foundations and the philanthropy sector engage?

Register here                                            Taking place in parallel with the Conference on the Future of Europe (#CoFoE), we will host a webinar on 15...
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03 June 2021

Read the latest edition of the #Philanthropy4good Newsletter

Did you miss our Legal and Policy Update for European Philanthropy? Read our wrap-up!   Brussels Beats  Watch the latest Brussels Beats report by Max von Abendroth and Hanna Surmatz. Ma...
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02 June 2021

Tax incentives for philanthropy – added value and trends discussed at ERNOP webinar

By Hanna Surmatz, for Philanthropy Advocacy, a joint Dafne and EFC initiative   More than 100 researchers and practitioners joined the European Research Network On Philanthropy (ERNOP) web...
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02 June 2021

New report on European cross-border associations and non-profit organisations published

‘A statute for European cross-border associations and non-profit organisations’   The EPRS (European Parliamentary Research Service), a think tank and advisory body for the European Parli...
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02 June 2021

Business Taxation in Europe in the 21st century moving to the next level in the context of global action

By Hanna Surmatz and Hanna Hanses   On 18 May 2021, the European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st Century. The Communication sets out both a long-ter...
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01 June 2021

Overcoming Barriers to Cross-Border Philanthropy, Unleashing Ways Towards A More Ambitious and Resilient Europe

By Hanna Surmatz, Hanna Stähle and Stephanie van Berckel The European Social Economy Summit organised by the City of Mannheim in partnership with the European Commission on 25-26 May brought toget...
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31 May 2021

The Dutch cabinet formation and what it means for philanthropy in the Netherlands

Siep Wijsenbeek, Director of FIN, the association of Dutch charitable funds and corporate foundations, and Stephanie van Berckel, EU Public Affairs and Communications trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy...
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27 May 2021

Opening Civil Dialogue Week – Launch of the New Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Funding Programme

Protection of the core EU values The launch of the New CERV (Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values) Funding Programme with the Civil Dialogue week, has been heralded by an inspiring open ceremony w...
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20 May 2021

ERNOP Science and Society Seminar – Taxation, philanthropy and implications for practice

Tuesday 25 May 2021, 10-11 AM CET In this third monthly seminar of the ERNOP Science and Society Seminar Giedre Lideikyte Huber from the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Geneva,...
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19 May 2021

Roundtable Discussion | Enabling Philanthropic Action for Social Economy and the Public Good

We welcome you to join the roundtable during the European Social Economy Summit (#EUSES) on 26 May 2021 11:30 – 13:00 (CET) to explore with key European policymakers, researchers as well as represen...
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05 May 2021

Call for applications to join InvestEU Investment Committee

European Commission call for applications to join the new InvestEU Investment Committee:   The European Commission has issued a Call for applications for the selection of members of the Invest...
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03 May 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe to kick off on Europe Day

The Conference on the Future of Europe is going to kick off on 9 May  and while starting with some delay and issues concerning the vision, mandate, processes and set up, as well as too few engagement...
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29 April 2021

Great momentum for the sector: Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme 2021-2027

A strong civil society to live up to the Union’s values A strong civil society protects democracy, fundamental rights, and the rule of law. This was recognized by the adoption of the Citizens, Eq...
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22 April 2021

Read the latest edition of the #Philanthropy4good Newsletter

Missed our Legal and Policy Update for European Philanthropy? Read our wrap up! Watch the latest Brussels Beats report by Max von Abendroth and Hanna Surmatz. Hanna Surmatz touches upon Phil...
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30 March 2021

Towards an EU Action Plan for social economy

The European Commission is preparing an action plan for social economy, which will be launched this year. This plan seeks to boost the contribution of social economy actors to a fair and sustainable g...
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29 March 2021

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights: “Human rights have to be the golden thread, the infrastructure of the future of Europe. Civil society is a critical, non-negotiable dimension of this”.

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) since 2015 has a rich experience in human rights. He was a professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-director of the Human R...
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29 March 2021

Why do philanthropists need to worry about AMLCFT?

by Rupert G. Strachwitz   Introduction Since 9/11, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AMLCFT) measures in general, and funding non-state actors that engage in terrori...
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29 March 2021

European Commission discusses new AML/CFT policy with the sector

How is the new EU Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing policy (AML/CFT policy) to be potentially adopted already in May this year moving ahead? What are potential implications on the NPO and...
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29 March 2021

FATF collects information on the incorrect implementation of its policy

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) launched a new project to study and mitigate the unintended consequences resulting from the incorrect implementation of the FATF Standards. The philanthropy sect...
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19 March 2021

EESC Study on organised civil society during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

A new EESC study demonstrates the essential contributions of civil society organisations during the initial and continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The study raises the question how CSOs will...
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12 March 2021

The European Parliament plenary adopted the InvestEU programme for 2021-2027 and what’s in it for philanthropy

All good things take a while. After many months of deliberations, the European Parliament adopted the InvestEU programme for 2021-2027 at its plenary session on 9 March 2021, upon which the Council ad...
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10 March 2021

European institutions sign the Declaration – a milestone for the Conference on the Future of Europe

Today, European Parliament President, David Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have signed th...
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08 March 2021

Action Plan on the European Pillar for Social Rights – What are the key issues?

The European Commission adopted the Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Action Plan specifically refers to the potential of the social economy and the related future act...
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04 March 2021

WEBINAR: New EU policy on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing prevention: impact on the NPO sector

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with the European Commission and colleagues from civil society on the new EU Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing policy and how this relates...
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26 February 2021

Economic and Social Committee resolution calls on national governments to consult with Civil society and philanthropy

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary yesterday adopted its Resolution “Involvement of Organised Civil Society in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans – What works and wh...
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25 February 2021

Full-time Policy and Communications Trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy team in Brussels

We are offering a full-time paid Policy and Communications Trainee for six months starting on 15 March 2021 or thereafter. You would support the Philanthropy Advocacy team at the Philanthropy House in...
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24 February 2021

European Climate Pact: an invitation to philanthropy organisations

By Elena Višnar Malinovská Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission Philanthropy can play an important role in Europe’s green transition by supporting co...
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18 February 2021

European Commission launches further legal action against Hungary over civic space restrictions

Věra Jourová - Vice President of the Commission for Values and Transparency. Source - EP/Riccardo PAREGGIANI The European Commission has today announced it is triggering an infringement procedur...
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11 February 2021

Recovery and Resilience Facility regulation – The European Union is getting closer to unleashing its historic recovery package

Adoption of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility On 10 February 2021, the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility Regulation was adopted in the European Parliament plenary session with a large m...
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05 February 2021

Civil society organisations claim to be part of the Conference on the Future of Europe

On February 3, Civil Society Europe has launched a Civil Society Convention on the future of Europe through a joint declaration claiming a space for civil society organisations in the Conference on...
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04 February 2021

EU policy makers strongly support cross-border philanthropy and removal of existing barriers

Members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Commission made a strong pledge to remove barriers to cross-border philanthropy and public benefit work at a webinar, hosted by...
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02 February 2021

Civil society and philanthropy want to have a say around EU rights and values programme (CERV) priorities

Philanthropy Advocacy has already informed about the good news that €1.6 billion will be allocated for the period 2021 - 2027 within the CERV (the Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values) programme...
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01 February 2021

New country profiles published

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second round of country profiles within the frame of the Legal Environment for Philanthropy in Europe project. After the publication of profiles fo...
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28 January 2021

Renew Europe Webinar – “Philanthropy, non and not-for-profit organisations in Europe – how to unleash the potential of public good”

We invite you to join the PA team at a webinar, hosted by Renew Europe MEPs Nicola Beer and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, on "Philanthropy, non and not-for-profit organisations in Europe – how to unleash the...
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20 January 2021

Ambition and patience is needed to create a better environment for philanthropy – Interview with Ludwig Forrest on cross-border philanthropy

by Hanna Stähle and Owen Morgan Ludwig Forrest is Head of International Philanthropy at the King Baudouin Foundation – one of the largest foundations in Europe and a major international foun...
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20 January 2021

EU Recovery and Resilience Facility – a possibility for philanthropy to step up its game around national recovery and resilience plans

By Hanna Hanses The Covid-19 pandemic has already highlighted existing inequalities and will continue to impact our societies’ economic and social structures. The European Union’s recovery fund...
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20 January 2021

Foundations and wider NPO sector can input more easily into FATF evaluation process

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has now made it possible for foundations and other non-profit organisations to directly share materials and provide submissions ahead of FATF countries' mutu...
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20 January 2021

New Turkish counter terrorism law restricts civil society and philanthropic space

by Hanna Surmatz A new Turkish counter terrorism law - "Law on Preventing Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction”, which was approved in a speedy process and entered into f...
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15 January 2021

Portuguese Presidency priorities: what’s in it for philanthropy?

European Council President, Charles Michel, and Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, meet in Libson in January at the start of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council. CREDIT: ANTÓNIO PEDRO S...
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18 December 2020

Subscribe to the #Philanthropy4good Newsletter

Have you signed up to the #Philanthropy4good newsletter? Our bi-monthly legal and policy update for European philanthropy features: Expert legal and policy analysis News, opinion and ev...
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17 December 2020

“Giving civil society the right response” – New report by the Charities Aid Foundation

Seen from today, the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay for quite some time. In recent months, the relationship between governments and civil society has evolved quite a lot under the influence of...
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14 December 2020

Rule of Law compromise unlocks €1.8 trillion

EU leaders gather at the European Council summit on 10th DecemberPhoto Credit: Dario PIGNATELLI | © European Union 2020 - Source: European Council by Hanna Hanses At the end of their last Summ...
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10 December 2020

Dr Oonagh B. Breen – new philanthropy Country Profiles ‘shine a bright light on an important area’

Dr Oonagh B. Breen - University College Dublin This week saw the launch of the 5th Edition of the Legal and Fiscal Country Profiles, under the joint auspices of EFC and DAFNE, acting through Phil...
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07 December 2020

European Democracy Action Plan – a step in the right direction, but more needs to follow

Last week, the European Commission presented its European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) with a view to empowering citizens and building more resilient democracies across the EU. The PA Secreta...
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04 December 2020

Legal Environment For Philanthropy in Europe – Country Profiles Launch Event, 10th December

We are happy to invite you to the long awaited presentation and discussion with experts of the “Legal Environment for Philanthropy in Europe”, focusing on cross-border philanthropy. At the eve...
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19 November 2020

Rule of law and European core values at a crossroads?

by Hanna Surmatz While the European Council reached an agreement on the largest package ever financed through the EU budget, totalling €1.8 trillion, Poland and Hungary have now done what the...
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18 November 2020

More coordination of anti-money laundering and terrorism financing efforts: what does it mean for the philanthropy sector?

Following a discussion of economics and finance ministers on 4 November 2020, the Council adopted conclusions on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing efforts. These provide the Commiss...
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16 November 2020

EU funding for 2021 – 2027: Too early to celebrate?

David SASSOLI, EP President, gives a press conference on the EU Budget. Picture Credit: DAINA LE LARDIC | © European Union 2020 - Source : EP By Hanna Hanses EU decision making rolling on Y...
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12 November 2020

EU Budget negotiations deliver a stronger EU Rights and Values Fund

Trilogue negotiations over the MFF taking place in Brussels - © Emilie GOMEZ | European Union 2020 - Source : EP On 10 November 2020, the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council,...
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27 October 2020

European Commission presents 2021 Programme – what’s in it for philanthropy?

2021 Work Programme of the EU adopted This week the European Commission adopted its 2021 Work Programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-t...
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22 October 2020

Join our webinar on November 17th : How to use EU law to protect civic space

The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) and Philanthropy Advocacy (a joint Dafne & EFC initiative) will host a webinar looking at “How to Use EU Law to Protect Civic Space” on 17...
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21 October 2020

Nicola Beer MEP Interview with StifterTV on the need for a Single Market for Public Good

There is a 'window of opportunity now' to unleash private resources for public good across Europe, according to Vice-President of the European Parliament, Nicola Beer. Following her participati...
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08 October 2020

Open letter to Presidents Von der Leyen, Michel and Sassoli on the implications of MFF 2021-27 and Next Generation EU for the philanthropy sector

Today, Max von Abendroth, Executive Director of DAFNE, and Delphine Moralis, CEO of the European Foundation Centre, have written to Ms. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Mr....
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07 October 2020

European Parliament pushes for stronger protection of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights

After the European Commission published last week its long awaited Rule of law report, today the European Parliament has become the second European institution to directly express an urgent need f...
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02 October 2020

Europe’s momentum to unleash private resources for public good – European policy makers and foundations aligned to make the necessary steps to foster cross-border philanthropy

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 2 October 2020 – On 1 October, the European Day of Foundations and Donors, over 100 key European policy makers and representatives of public benefit foundations and civil...
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02 October 2020

Rule of law report: What’s next?

Philanthropy Advocacy together with Civil society Europe and the European Center for Non Profit Law have issued a joint reaction to the 2020 Annual Rule of Law Report on the situation of the rule of l...
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30 September 2020

EIDHR Global Call for proposals on shrinking civic, democratic and civil society space

The European Commission´s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) has issued the 2020 EIDHR Global Call for Proposals on Shrinking civic, democratic and civil society space. The...
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28 September 2020

European Day of Foundations and Donors – Thursday, 1 October 2020 / 16.30 – 18.00h | Philanthropy Debate [online]

Single Market for Public Good – How can we unleash private resources for European solidarity? Thursday, 1 October 2020 / 16.30 – 18.00h | Philanthropy Debate   Join us on the European Da...
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22 September 2020

The EU Recovery Plan & MFF fit for the third sector and how to get there

By Hanna Hanses Beyond Recovery and Towards Values The Multi-annual Financial Framework reflects the priorities of EU institutions and delimits the entry points available to European philanthrop...
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17 September 2020

PA contributes to EU Democracy Action Plan

Over the past decade, the state of European core values such as democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights have been in decline in parts of Europe and therefore we welcome that the European Union i...
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17 September 2020

Does the State of the Union speech offer entry points for the Single Market for Philanthropy?

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivered her first State of the Union speech during the European Parliament´s Plenary session yesterday on 16 September 2020. She presen...
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16 September 2020

Calls from EP and the sector: anti money laundering policy must not unduly restrict the sector

The European Parliament and the philanthropy and wider civil society sector are aligned that EU and national anti money laundering and terrorism policy must not unduly restrict the sector The Europ...
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07 September 2020

Full-time Policy and Communications Trainee at Philanthropy Advocacy team in Brussels

We are offering a full-time paid Policy and Communications Trainee for six months starting on 28 September 2020. You would support the Philanthropy Advocacy team at the Philanthropy House in Brussels...
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19 August 2020

Staying vigilant when it comes to the space for European philanthropy

Worrisome developments in parts of Europe as well as globally have been seen recently, with questions being raised about the legitimacy of philanthropy and civil society actors, and intentional limita...
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29 July 2020

Threats, attacks and lack of funding for many civil society organisations in the EU

EU Fundamental Rights Agency issued a worrying report Verbal threats, physical attacks, and lack of funding are some of the main challenges for civil society organisations working on human rights in...
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09 July 2020

Collaboration between European policymakers and philanthropy – yes, but how?

Challenges facing Europe today are tremendous and require an orchestrated response from both the private and public sectors. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated how interconnected our continent has b...
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06 July 2020

CSOs in Bulgaria under legal attack by the draft foreign funding law

In January 2020 a group of 62 Bulgarian civil society organisations addressed the European Commissioners with a letter in which they described the smear campaign taking place in Bulgaria against CSO...
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01 July 2020

Outlook – Philanthropy and Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU 1st July – 31 December 2020

The German EU Presidency kicks off on Wednesday, 1stJuly 2020. It ends on 31 December 2020 and is the first Presidency of the EU-Presidency-Trio: Germany – Portugal – Slovenia. These three Preside...
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29 June 2020

The digital borders for philanthropy in Europe are opening with new TGE Transnational Giving Platform

PA welcomes the launch of the Europe’s first online Transnational Giving Platform by Transnational Giving Europe Network that will facilitate cross-border philanthropy by allowing individuals and c...
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26 June 2020

Belgium increases tax incentives for a stronger Philanthropy culture

During the COVID-19 pandemic, philanthropic organisations across the continent acted as frontline defenders to provide urgent support to the most vulnerable segments of our society. When it comes to r...
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19 June 2020

European Court declares that Hungary’s foreign-funding restrictions violate EU law

European Court declares that Hungary's foreign-funding restrictions violate EU law On 18 June 2020 the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that Hungary's foreign-funding restrictions violate EU...
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05 June 2020

European governments & COVID-19 and EU COVID-19 Recovery schemes & Policy

European governments & COVID-19and EU COVID-19 Recovery schemes & Policy   European governments & COVID-19   Introduction This d...
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29 May 2020

Why we need to revive civil dialogue – EESC published Participatory Democracy Compendium

At a time when civil dialogue and our own democratic and societal models are facing new threats such as the rise of populism, disinformation, inequality and Euroscepticism, the European Economic and S...
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05 May 2020

THE EU LAW HANDBOOK IS OUT!

Francesca Fanucci, Senior Legal Advisor at ECNL and Hanna Surmatz, Enabling Environment Manager at the EFC and co-lead of the joint DAFNE & EFC Philanthropy Advocacy initiative jointly developed...
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04 May 2020

European Commission launched another infringement procedure against Poland regarding the new law on the judiciary

On 29 April 2020, the European Commission launched yet another infringement procedure against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice to the government regarding the new law on the judiciary of 2...
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24 April 2020

Foundations as partners in the European Union Emergency Support Instrument for healthcare

The European Commission announced that it commits to directly supporting the healthcare systems of the EU Member States in their fights against the coronavirus pandemic, channeling resources through t...
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24 April 2020

EESC stresses: No lockdown for fundamental rights during the COVID-19 crisis!

EESC President and President of the EESC Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law call on respecting fundamental rights in the time of crisis. In their joint statement two presidents acknowledg...
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15 April 2020

A Letter from the Frontline – Croatian civil society faces a double crisis

Civil society organisations have been badly hit by the COVID-19 crisis. In Croatia the earthquake on 22 March increased the burden for NGOs and charities. Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic, urges the EU to re...
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09 April 2020

Poland must suspend the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court

  When in 2017, Poland installed a new Disciplinary Chamber (Izba Dyscyplinarna) within the Supreme Court of Poland (Sąd Najwyższy), critics argued that the government would be able to inves...
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08 April 2020

Open Letter to Presidents of the EU institutions | 8 April 2020

European Philanthropy calls for effective solidarity across borders concerning COVID 19   In an open letter dated 8 April 2020, DAFNE and the EFC have called on the Presidents of the EU insti...
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01 April 2020

EU adopts economic measures in the context of the Covid-19 virus

The Coronavirus outbreak is not only a severe emergency for public health with significant social impact but also a major economic shock to the European Union, calling for a decisive coordinated econo...
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30 March 2020

“We stand together in the spirit of European solidarity”

DAFNE and EFC invite foundations to come together to sign the European Philanthropy Statement on COVID-19, recognising that the COVID-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an unprecedente...
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23 March 2020

ECNL/ICNL guidelines: “Keeping civic space healthy: Saving lives & human rights”

In emergency situations, governments must act quickly to prevent escalation. Most constitutions provide executive bodies with extraordinary competences, when a state of emergency has been declared. CO...
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10 March 2020

Hungary must treat foreign and national education institutions equally, says Advocate General Kokott

On 5th March 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published Advocate General Kokott´s opinion  in the case on the 2017 Hungarian Law on Higher Education and argued that Hungary mus...
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03 March 2020

Philanthropy speaking at Council of Europe event on civil society space

Commemorating the World NGO Day, on 28 February 2020, the Conference of NGOs (INGOs) of the Council of Europe (CoE) organised a workshop “From the Past to the Future: A Living Civic Space for a Livi...
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03 March 2020

FATF Plenary elects its next President

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the inter-governmental body established in 1989 with the objectives of setting standards and promoting effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operati...
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07 February 2020

POSTPONED: “It’s time to realise the potential of philanthropy” | new date to come

Citizens are increasingly striving to do ‘good’, working together to fix the systemic issues affecting their communities. As such, they represent a wealth of philanthropic potential, energy and de...
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06 February 2020

Philanthropy Advocacy participated in the European Investment Bank´s Board Seminar with Civil Society

On Tuesday 4 February 2020, Philanthropy Advocacy (DAFNE and EFC) participated at the annual seminar between the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) Board of Directors and civil society organisations a...
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02 February 2020

Philanthropy Advocacy raises awareness around the new money laundering and terrorism financing policy

The Philanthropy Advocacy (DAFNE and EFC) team organised in early 2020 a series of training's and information sessions on how philanthropy can engage around money laundering and terrorism financing po...
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17 January 2020

Letter from 62 Bulgarian civil society organisations to the European institutions on smear campaign against civil society in Bulgaria

A group of 62 Bulgarian civil society organisations addressed the European Commissioners with a letter in which they described the smear campaign taking place in Bulgaria against CSOs, mainly targetin...
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15 January 2020

Advocate General considers foreign funding restrictions in Hungary incompatible with EU law

On 14 January 2020 the Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona released his opinion, in which he concluded that the restrictions imposed by the Hungarian Transparency law are not compatible with EU l...
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20 December 2019

New mission letter for Vice-President Jourová recognizes her role in dialogue with civil society and philanthropy

At the beginning of December 2019 the new mission letter for Vice–President Jourová was published on the European Commission's website. President Von der Leyen has modified the mission of Vice-Pres...
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15 December 2019

Quo vadis, Europe?

Looking at the priorities of the new European Commission, that took office on 1 December 2019, Max von Abendroth highlights the overlap with the work and ambitions of the philanthropy sector – ident...
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20 November 2019

Switzerland: Federal Council refrains from making charitable foundations subject to the AEOI

Federal Council plans announced at the end of February 2019 to make charitable foundations subject to the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) have been withdrawn for the time being. As the Federa...
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07 November 2019

Luca Jahier: “We need a dream for a positive future”

Report on the EESC Conference on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law | 05.11.2019 in Brussels The EESC Conference on "Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law: Trends in the EU from a Civil Societ...
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20 October 2019

“Political Approach to Philanthropy” – Letter of the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection to the House of Representatives of the Netherlands

Please find herwith a letter of the Dutch Minister of Legal Protection, Sander Dekker, from 18 October 2019 addressing the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, titled “Political approach to...
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17 October 2019

Call for signatures to ensure funding for civil society in the EU

Ahead of negotiations of multiannual EU budget, the Batory Foundation initiates an advocacy campaign to increase EU funding for civil society organisations which promote and protect European values wi...
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08 October 2019

Philanthropy Advocacy (DAFNE and EFC) join Bulgarian Donors Forum and other civil society organisations from across Europe to condemn action against the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

Philanthropy Advocacy (DAFNE and EFC) join the Bulgarian Donors Forum and other civil society organisations from across Europe to condemn action against the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee in an open let...
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07 October 2019

Strong cross-party alliance in European Parliament for easing philanthropy’s work for public good across Europe

Brussels, 7 October 2019 – MEPs, representatives of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee and relevant stakeholders from philanthropy, civil society and social econo...
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30 September 2019

European Parliament to debate ways to unlock philanthropy’s potential for public good on October 1st

Brussels, 30 September 2019 – On 1 October MEPs and key stakeholders will gather at the European Parliament to debate how to release philanthropy’s untapped potential for public good across Europe...
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24 September 2019

Philanthropy Manifesto presented to foundations in Luxembourg

The Philanthropy Manifesto was presented by the EFC to a group of foundations from Luxembourg at an event organised by Fondation de Luxembourg on 23 September, along with insights into the FAT...
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16 September 2019

Debate in the European Parliament | Tuesday, 1st October 2019 / 17.00 – 19.00h | “Single Market for Philanthropy Helping unlock the potential for public good across Europe”

This event is hosted by Vice-President Nicola Beer, MEP and aims to introduce the debate about the potential of philanthropy for the public good to MEPs and key stakeholders. Confirmed speakers includ...
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16 September 2019

EU Supranational Risk Assessment partially lowers risk rating for NPOs

In July this year, the EU published its 2019 Supranational Risk Assessment (SNRA). Philanthropy Advocacy, a joint initiative of DAFNE and the EFC, and its joint Legal Affairs Committee as well as othe...
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16 September 2019

Philanthropy sector and NPO coalition engage with Financial Action Task Force

The philanthropic sector, represented by Hanna Surmatz from the EFC on behalf of the wider philanthropic infrastructure (WINGS), engaged with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) about the latest in...
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16 September 2019

Open letter to new Commission and Parliament calls for protection of EU values and civil society

The Active Citizens Fund has released an open letter calling on EU decision-makers to protect European values as outlined in Article 2 of the EU Treaty, with a specific call to protect the space for c...
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11 September 2019

Verena Ringler outlines the need for a non-profit single market in the EU in new ERSTE Stiftung video

ERSTE Stiftung has recently published a video featuring Verena Ringler, Director of European Commons, in which she calls for a single market for the non-profit sector in the EU. The second episode...
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26 August 2019

The EFC is hiring a Philanthropy Legal Officer to join the joint DAFNE-EFC Philanthropy Advocacy project

The EFC is looking for a full-time Philanthropy Legal Officer to join the joint DAFNE-EFC Philanthropy Advocacy project, which promotes an enabling operating environment for institutional philanthropy...
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19 July 2019

European Commission announces plans to strengthen the rule of law in line with proposals made by Philanthropy Advocacy

The Commission has decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe following a consultation to which Philanthropy Advocacy (DAFNE and EFC) contributed. The announcement came on 17 July.
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17 July 2019

Researchers and practitioners explore ways to ease cross-border philanthropy in Europe

At a pre-conference event ahead of the 9th International Research Conference of the European Research Network on Philanthropy (ERNOP) a group of researchers and practitioners came together...
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26 June 2019

Why Philanthropy Opinion Matters

Philanthropy is still relatively unknown to EU institutions and needs to find its right place on the European agenda. In its first opinion entirely dedicated to philanthropy, the European Economic an...
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06 June 2019

European Commission publishes report on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights implementation

EFC/DAFNE involved in working on more guidance On 5th June 2019, the EC has published its report on the implementation of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights by the EU institutions and the Member St...
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22 May 2019

EESC calls for an enabling environment for philanthropy

PRESS RELEASE (pdf version here) Brussels, 22nd May 2019 - Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe (DAFNE) and the European Foundation Centre (EFC) welcome the European Economic and Social Commit...
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07 May 2019

Webinar | 15 May / 14.00h: EU ELECTIONS 2019: IS A EUROSCEPTIC SENTIMENT A THREAT TO PHILANTHROPY?

With only a few weeks to go until the European elections on 23-26 May, a new study from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) anticipates that 30% of the newly-elected MEPs will represent E...
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11 April 2019

Philanthropy Manifesto: a milestone on the road towards a Single Market for Philanthropy

Guest post  on Alliance Magazine by Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT and Chair of the EFC On 20 March, in the presence of over 60 representatives from the EU institutions, the...
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26 March 2019

Foundations vote for Europe

Guest post  on Euractive.com by Felix Oldenburg, CEO of the Association of German Foundations and Chair of DAFNE  DAFNE and EFC present Philanthropy Manifesto with demands and promises. In just o...
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22 March 2019

European Philanthropy Manifesto calling for a Single Market for Philanthropy

Brussels, 22 March 2019 – On Wednesday evening the European Philanthropy Manifesto, including four key recommendations to introduce a Single Market for Philanthropy, was launched at Philanthropy Hou...
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06 March 2019

Putting a foot in Europe’s closing doors by Massimo Lapucci, EFC Chair

Massimo Lapucci, the EFC Chair since 2017, and Secretary General of Fondazione CRT, has written an article for Alliance magazine titled ”Putting a foot in Europe’s closing doors”, that seeks...
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26 February 2019

European philanthropy sector pushes back on proposed Dutch law requiring disclosure of donor information

Brussels, 26 February 2019 – Responding to the recently proposed act on transparency of civil society organisations in the Netherlands, the EFC and DAFNE have filed a joint contribution to the onlin...
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06 February 2019

Social Economy for the Future of Europe

”Social Economy for the Future of Europe” was the final hearing of the Social Economy Intergroup of the European Parliament, held at the EESC on the 6th February. The hearing sought to take...
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16 January 2019

Philanthropy and its as yet untapped potential in Europe was the topic of discussion at a hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Philanthropy and its as yet untapped potential in Europe was the topic of discussion at a hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the 16th January. The hearing brough...
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06 December 2018

ECCVAT publishes recommendations on new VAT rules proposed by European Commission

The European Charities’ Committee on Value-Added Tax (ECCVAT) has published its recommendations for changes to the VAT rules proposed by the European Commission earlier this year. On 18 Janua...
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26 November 2018

The EFC co-signs a statement in support of civil society titled ”Civil society on the frontline – 5 points for EU action” at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights in Brussels on the 26-27 November

The EFC has co-signed a statement in support of civil society titled ”Civil society on the frontline – 5 points for EU action” at the Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights in Brussels on the...
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14 November 2018

The next round of EU Supra National Risk Assessment (SNRA), in the context of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, starts with a first meeting with the philanthropic sector on the 30th November

The next round of EU Supra National Risk Assessment (SNRA), in the context of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, starts with a first meeting with the philanthropic sector on the 30th November, pleas...
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17 October 2018

The recording from the 17 October webinar on ”How philanthropy can engage with FATF in shaping counter-terrorism and money laundering policies

The recording from the 17 October webinar on ”How philanthropy can engage with FATF in shaping counter-terrorism and money laundering policies” with the EFC, Global NPO Coalition and WINGS is...
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10 October 2018

The time is ripe for a European Single Market for Philanthropy

The time is ripe for a European Single Market for Philanthropy Brussels, 10 October 2018 – Yesterday evening’s lively debate in the European Parliament hosted by MEP Ivana Maletic (EPP/HR), an...
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26 September 2018

EFC presents a report on the legal parameters of foundation operating environments to Zurich seminar on foundation supervision principles and practices

EFC’s Enabling Environment Manager, Hanna Surmatz, has delivered a presentation on the key trends of foundation supervision from a comparative perspective to 130 participants at the Zurich seminar...
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26 September 2018

EFC Policy and Programmes Director Maria Orejas appointed to European Commission Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises

In her capacity as EFC Policy and Programmes Director, Maria Orejas has been appointed to the European Commission Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprises. The group is a newly formed ven...
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11 September 2018

Philanthropy recognised as key partner in event on “co-creating a single market for philanthropy” – conference report” now available

Philanthropy recognised as key partner in event on “Co-creating a Single Market for Philanthropy” – Conference report now available Seeking to make the case for a Single Market for Philanthr...
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23 August 2018

New European Commission report on “foundations, venture philanthropy and social investments

The Expert Group report on “Foundations, Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments”is focusing on how to better enable philanthropic foundations and philanthropists to take part in promoting re...
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20 July 2018

EFC and DAFNE continue to engage with European Commission on European Values instrument

The EFC and DAFNE continue to engage jointly with the European Commission about the European Values Instrument, which is considered an important tool to defend democracy, human rights, core European v...
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05 July 2018

EU action to defend the rule of law in Poland welcomed by european philanthropy

The recent launch of the European Commission’s infringement procedure against Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court is strongly supported by the EFC and DAFNE. This is an important...
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28 May 2018

A single voice for a single market for philanthropy in Europe

A single voice for a single market for philanthropy On Monday, 28 May over 150 key representatives from politics, philanthropy and civil society came together in Brussels to discuss ways to incre...
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15 February 2018

How do the proposed VAT reforms impact on institutional philanthropy?

At the beginning of the year, the European Commission developed a proposal to reform the VAT system by introducing more flexibility for Member States to change the VAT rates. It will now be crucial to...
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16 January 2018

New study: Enlarging the space for european philanthropy

The operating environment for institutional philanthropy in parts of Europe is under threat. Therefore DAFNE and EFC are launching today  the commissioned study “Enlarging the Space for European Ph...
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