Double control: how the EU monitors work of NGOs and what is Ukrainian approach
On 10 July, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine published the final versions of bills No. 6674 and No. 6675. They abolish compulsory e-declaration for NGOs but introduce instead a number of new norms on NGO accountability.
The authors of the documents refer, as they say, to the best international experience, in particular, to the experience of the EU.
The experts of the Ukrainian Center for European Policy analyzed practices of NGO reporting to public authorities in a number of EU member states in order to find out whether the detailed tax reporting proposed by the authors of the bills is actually practiced in the EU. The answer is no. Moreover, EU countries are trying to simplify reporting for relatively small NGOs. Instead, the initiatives laid down in the Ukrainian bills are most likely to “hit” precisely on small NGOs that carry out socially important projects aimed at restoring the Donbas, fighting HIV and improving access to medicines.
After reviewing the proposed amendments, it seems, say the experts, that the primary task of the authors of the documents was not to implement “principles of transparency and publicity”, but to gain a strong leverage of on the activities of NGOs through the State Tax Service