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Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness

Eastern Partnership - Georgia

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Roundtable on Supporting NGOs and Philanthropy in Georgia

The "Civil Society Institute" and the "East-West Management Institute" have organized a round table on 24 January 2012 in Tbilisi, the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel with participation of representatives of the authorities, non-governmental organizations and the business sector. Promotion of financial sustainability of non-governmental organizations and welfare activities in Georgia was a main topic of the meeting.

Presented at the meeting was a document developed based on a study conducted by the "Civil Society Institute" and the "International Center for Not-for-Profit Law", which aims to analyze those provisions of the Tax Code of Georgia that prevent welfare activities and hamper the financial sustainability of not-for-profit (non-commercial) legal entities. Representatives of the authorities, non-governmental organizations and the business sector discussed the issues raised in the document and talked about the ways of their solution. They agreed to continue the joint work on solution of identified problematic issues and to promote the improvement of the tax legislation.

The "Civil Society Institute" continues working on the improvement of legislative environment regulating not-for-profit legal entities, and plans to implement numerous effective events to this end.