Under the Guise of Openness, Solidarna Polska is Proposing Regulations Native to Russia and Hungary. NGOs as the Target
The draft law on transparency of NGO funding, known as Lex Woś, has received a print number and has been sent to the first reading in the Sejm.
The proposal by Solidarna Polska's MPs imposes numerous reporting, informational and administrative obligations on large NGOs, including the requirement to publish a register of contributions and contracts entered into, as well as information on the financing of individual projects.
The draft duplicates solutions put forward in 2020 and critically assessed as incompatible with the Polish Constitution, EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights; the provisions are confusingly reminiscent of solutions from Russia and Hungary deemed to violate human rights.
The real goal of the project is to reduce the ability of NGOs whose goals are not shared by those in power to function effectively; indeed, the obligation to share numerous pieces of information, including donors' personal data, threatens to undermine the ability of these organizations to raise funds to achieve their chosen goals.
The project's declared goal of increasing the openness of public life is an abuse; for its content and justification imply increased interference in the private lives of citizens and NGOs themselves.
Contact to the author:
Patryk Wachowiec, FOR legal analyst
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