Egypt: Ashton (EU), NGO law still hinders capacity of donors

It has to be in line with international standards

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 04 - EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton underlined in a statement issued by her spokesperson that the draft of the NGO law submitted by the Egyptian Authorities to the Shoura Council ''still contains elements that can unnecessarily constrain the work of NGOs in Egypt and hinder our capacity as a foreign donor to support their work'', highlighting that the draft law ''has to be in line with international standards and obligations of Egypt.'' ''The EU High Representative wishes to reiterate the EU's firm commitment to supporting civil society in Egypt, which has a crucial role to play in the ongoing transition towards democracy'', affirmed the statement, recalling that the EU engaged with the government and provided technical advice to the authorities in the process of drafting the NGO Law in a spirit of true partnership. ''The EU remains fully committed to working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that an NGO law, fully in line with best regional and international practice is adopted in Egypt'', concluded the statement. (ANSAmed)

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