CAL reviewed the report prepared by the Ministry of Justice on the transparency of CSOs

On July 27, Artis Zaļūksnis, Policy Coordinator of the Civic Alliance - Latvia,  participated in an online meeting organised by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), during which the MoJ report “Proposals for measures to prevent and reduce terrorism financing and money laundering in the civil society sector” was presented. With this document, it is planned to ensure greater transparency of the civil society organization (CSO) sector, at the same time providing the possibility to properly monitor the sector in order to prevent the risks of money laundering and terrorism and proliferation financing. The following issues were discussed during the meeting:

1) Conceptual agreement on who will be the holder of the classifier of associations

2) New classification of associations and its connection with the NACE code.

This meeting is a follow-up to the CSO meeting with the banking supervisory authorities, which took place on July 15 this year, where CAL Director Kristīne Zonberga and CAL Council Chairperson and Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation Director Inese Vaivare drew the attention of the audience to several important circumstances that limit associations and foundations and possibility to improve cooperation between CSOs and credit institutions. According to CSO representatives, the attitude of banks towards the civil society sector is deteriorating. At the end of the meeting, the Ministry of Justice undertook to prepare an overview report, which will be one of the documents to facilitate the reorganisation of the sector.