CSO Legislation in the EaP and Adapting the V4 Experience Developing the Capacity of Civil Society

CSO Legislation in the EaP and Adapting the V4 Experience Developing the Capacity of Civil Society

The main issue this paper seeks to address is the, at times, restrictive legislation on CSOs in EaP countries. Although Georgia has seen its CSOs flourish and expand with many new partnerships and projects, others, as Azerbaijan and Belarus, struggle to maintain themselves and have their voices heard across the political spectrum. The paper consists of a complex of activities, including in-depth Case Studies of the three EaP countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus) and Poland that are presented here in order to understand how their legislation creates different environments for their respective civil societies. Policy recommendations provided by each country will strive to provide their respective governments with analyses and recommendations to ameliorate the current situation. There are no previous comparative studies of the sort, so this study is timely and extremely necessary.

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