Democracy & Justice

Controversial Poland NGO Funding Bill Becomes Law

Poland's president has signed into law a bill on funding for non-governmental organisations that may be used to undercut groups with missions that conflict with the ruling party's positions. International human rights...

by LibertiesEU
Polish President Andrzej Duda signed the bill into law late on Friday, October 13.

Poland's president has signed into law a bill on funding for non-governmental organisations that may be used to undercut groups with missions that conflict with the ruling party's positions. International human rights organisations and a coalition of NGOs from within the country had appealed to President Andrzej Duda to veto the bill. The law creates a new body, the National Freedom Institute, that will control the distribution of public funds from the government and the European Union among Poland's 100,000 NGOs.