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Improving the Enabling Environment of CSOs in Georgia

Batumi. On February 14, as part of the project "Improving the Enabling Environment of CSOs in Georgia”, the Civil Society Institute has organized a meeting in the Batumi Civic Engagement Center with the charity organizations. Main objective of this meeting was to discuss the legal issues related to the activities of charity organizations and identify the legislative gaps hindering the welfare activities.Representatives of welfare organizations and local media operating in Western Georgia have attended the meeting.

Civil Society Institute has presented to the attending audience the results of analysis of the Tax Code, gaps of the law and the ways of solution. Presented study has triggered vast interest among the meeting participants who were actively involved throughout the meeting. Discussion was held after the presentation of the document, which enabled the representatives of welfare organizations to emphasize specific problems of interest to them, as well as to ask questions and receive qualified answers on various legal aspects.The project is implemented as part of the "Policy, Advocacy and Civil Society Development in Georgia” (G-PAC) Program of the East-West Management Institute (EWMI), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).