Monday, November 23, 2009

New Transparency and Accountability Study of Non-Profit Organizations s in the European Union

The European Commission last month published a new study on "Recent Public and Self-Regulatory Initiatives Improving Transparency and Accountability of Non-profit Organizations (NPOs) in the European Union.”  The study is the workof the European Center for Non-Profit Law.

 The study identified the eight most common trends in regulation and self-regulation in the EU including promotion of accountability and transparency, creation of and access to national registries, and improvement of NPO governance and accountability through self-regulation. 

The study analyzed nineteen different initiatives to illustrate best practice solutions in certain areas of both public and self-regulation.  Among the initiatives analyzed were an initiative to reform the legal structure for NPOs in Malta, the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and the Counter Terrorism Strategy of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

Among the study’s recommendations is a call for the creation of a “Centre of Excellence” at the EU level to promote facilitation and information sharing. 

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