On February 4, the Coordination Meeting “Legislative Regulation of Volunteering in Ukraine: Threat Management and Improvement Work” was held.
The coordination meeting was aimed at informing about the current state of advocacy campaigns in the field of volunteer development. The participants also agreed on further steps to counter threatening legislative initiatives to regulate volunteering in Ukraine and coordinated the positions of CSOs before the hearings in the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy and Protection of Veterans’ Rights on the topic “Volunteering Development” scheduled for March 10, 2022.
The meeting was attended by 13 participants representing CEDEM, ISAR Ednannia, UCIPR, NGO “Institute of Legislative Ideas”, National Democratic Institute for International Relations, Caritas Ukraine, RPR Coalition, US Peace Corps in Ukraine, Ukrainian Volunteer Movement, Volunteer Program “Building Ukraine Together”.
Natalia Povtar, CEDEM lawyer, gave a presentation on the main risks in the field of volunteering regulation in Ukraine and the main activities aimed at combating these risks.
Martyna Bohuslavets, Executive Director of the NGO “Institute of Legislative Ideas”, commented on the corruption risks of Draft Law 4521 and the importance of the conclusion of the NACP’s anti-corruption expert evaluation on the draft law.
The event was held as part of the Project Ukraine Civil Society Sectoral Support Activity implemented by the Initiative Center to Support Social Action “Ednannia” in partnership with the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR) and Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) with the sincere support of the American people through United States Agency for International Development.