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06 October 2021

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, PhD, who discusses what the future of philanthropy might look like. He asks two main questions. First, how we can make sure that the self-organisation enhanced by philanthropy will be relevant also in the future and is respective of social equity considerations. Second, how we can ensure that innovation happens in the philanthropy sector that will strengthen its contribution to the public good. These questions introduce the new edition of the Comparative Highlights of Foundations Law in Europe publication detailing the regulatory environments for foundations in Europe.


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

The comparative study, was launched on 1 October, sheds new light on the philanthropic 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. 

  • 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 for Associations”.

  • Why the beneficial owner concept does not really work for the non-profit sector: FATF white paper on beneficial ownership 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 has argued that a for-profit approach cannot be applied to the civil society sector, which 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. 

  • 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 perspective at the EESC public hearing titled “Towards the European Semester 2022 – Implementing the National Recovery and Resilience Plans”, which took place on 6 September 2021.

  • Protecting Civic Space in the EU: Fundamental Rights Agency publishes a new report

The report provides an analysis of the overall challenges and opportunities within the EU "civic space", the regulatory framework, access to funding, participation in decision-making processes, as well as threats and attacks against both organisations and their staff.

  • 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”(14.470so-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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