Publications

12 June 2020

Consultation on the White Paper on AI contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European ́s Commission Consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European Approach. In the consultation, we called on the EC to amend the current EU regulatory framework as it is insufficient for AI purpose and needs adapting: risk-based approach is not clear; impact on people’s fundamental rights could be an alternative approach. We reiterated that human rights-based approach is essential to ensure that AI developed and deployed in the EU can be truly trustworthy and is not just an empty brand name. Where AI systems pose a threat to any of our fundamental rights, the EU must ensure that states uphold their obligation to protect and promote those rights and that companies conduct due diligence according to their responsibility.
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12 May 2020

EU Charter Strategy Consultation contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European ́s Commission consultation on the Strategy on the effective application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In the consultation, we reiterated that the rights enshrined in the Charter are of utmost importance for the philanthropic organisations and funders themselves, particularly the right to association and assembly, freedom of expression and information or the right to protection of personal data. These rights become particularly relevant where an authority’s intervention is against, or relates to an organisation’s objectives, acts or statements. Therefore, philanthropy infrastructure organisations such as DAFNE and EFC are using the Charter in their advocacy work to protect the space for​ philanthropic actors, in cases when the restrictions are imposed on their fundamental rights to associate, operate, express views, seek and provide information, receive funding and campaign.
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04 May 2020

Rule of law Consultation contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European Commission ́s Rule of law Annual Report Consultation. In the consultation, we called on the EC to give account of the role of civil society as well as a free and safe civic space as integral parts of the system of checks and balances supporting democratic systems based on the rule of law and as instrumental to promote and, when needed, safeguard the rule of law at European, national and local levels, to provide a comprehensive and detailed overview on civic space deficiencies in EU Member States and to include in the report a section on the impact of the COVID-19 emergency measures on the rule of law and on fundamental rights, including on an enabling civic space.
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31 March 2020

Taxation Consultation contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European Commission ́s consultation Roadmap: Action Plan to fight tax evasion and make taxation simple and easy. In the consultation, we called on the EC to draft EU legislation/policy to define in a straightforward way when a foreign based public benefit organisation is considered comparable to a local one, to streamline the comparability test, to shift how the notion of comparability is tested and taking a more functional approach and to call on Member States to provide for tax incentives in cross-border scenarios and for introducing easy processes.
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10 March 2020

AML Consultation contribution

Philanthropy Advocacy submitted a contribution to the European Commission ́s consultation Roadmap: Towards a new comprehensive approach to preventing and combating money laundering and terrorism financing together with the partners: ECNL, Human Security Collective, CSE and EFA. In the consultation, we called on the EC that any new policy proposals should be prepared in wide consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including Not for Profit Organisations and the philanthropy sector and stressed that while we support the important fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, we are of the opinion that based on international standards, any new EU level policy must follow a risk-based and proportionate approach, taking into account the latest findings form the EU SNRA, fundamental rights and the principle of subsidiarity.
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