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Message from the President of the INGOs Conference of the Council of Europe

Dear NGO representative,

In 2008 the Conference of INGOs created the Expert Council on NGO Lawin order to contribute to the enabling legal environment for NGOs. Our Expert Council carries out thematic and country studies on specific aspects of NGO legislation and legal opinions on specific piece of legislation.  

Considering its mandate, the Expert Council is currently preparing a thematic study on the impact on NGO activities, particularly humanitarian efforts targeting refugees and other migrants, of changing criminal law approaches or provisions in Council of Europe Member States. The aim is to cover as many national contexts as possible, including those which are already known as threatening NGOs helping migrants. 

Obviously, the results of the study will depend on the available data. That’s why we solicit your help, asking you to answer the enclosed questionnaire (in English) related to the relevant legislation and practice in the field of migration. We know that NGOs are at the forefront when it comes to respond to the human rights challenges of asylum and migration in Europe.

We really count on your help. Thank you in advance for kindly sending your responses by email to  before 2 September 2019.

As always, you will be informed about the progress and final results of the study.

Yours sincerely,


President of the Conference of INGOs

Enclosed: Questionnaire on State Practice