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How can inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe be prevented?

Recommendation 2086 (2016)

Author(s):
Parliamentary Assembly
Origin
Assembly debate on 28 January 2016 (8th Sitting) (see Doc. 13940, report of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, rapporteur: Mr Yves Cruchten). Text adopted by the Assembly on 28 January 2016 (8th Sitting).
1 Referring to its Resolution 2096 (2016) “How can inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe be prevented?”, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
1.1 call on member States of the Council of Europe to implement its Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)14 on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe and prepare a study taking stock of progress made;
1.2 consider revising Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)14 in order to adapt it to new threats to the functioning of independent civil society;
1.3 continue its thematic debate on the role and functioning of NGOs in the Council of Europe in order to follow, on a regular basis, the state of civil society and of the freedoms of association, assembly and expression in the member States;
1.4 increase the number of exchanges of views with civil society representatives and provide a fixed framework for such a dialogue;
1.5 consider creating a platform for the exchange of experience and good practices in the area of freedom of association between the member States.
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