Schlagwort-Archive: attac case

2019: Public benefit status of five NGO was refused

After the Attac case in beginning of 2019 the charity status of non profit organisations in Germany becomes more and more weak. The current law is a threat to organisations which are engaged in (unselfish) political decision making or in advocacy, a threat to human rights defenders. In 2019 we were faced with four more cases, finance offices refused the public benefit status.

A special one is the case of Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Naziregimes (VVN-BdA), the Association of Persecutees of the Nazi Regime/Federation of Antifascists, founded in 1947 by Holocaust survivors and resisters of National Socialism.

The English Service of Deutsche Welle explains this case and what’s going on about change of the laws in the Federal Ministry of Finance. Worth reading!

Interview Civic Space Watch about Attac case in Germany

The platform „Civic Space Watch“ is informing about the Attac case and therefore pulished an interview with Stefan Diefenbach-Trommer, the spokesperson of our coalition “Rechtssicherheit für politische Willensbildung” (Translated: Legal certainty for political advocacy). It focusses on how the Attac case will affect the wider civic space in Germany.

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Effect of the Attac ruling on civic commitment

This is a translation of the German text „Auswirkungen des Attac-Urteils auf zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement“, published on 1. march 2019.

The German Federal Fiscal Court’s (BFH) judgement in the Attac case will affect thousands of associations and foundations throughout Germany, and likewise influence the involvement of the many thousands of people who belong to them. Accordingly many organizations are in great turmoil. The judgement shrinks spaces for civil society. Many association boards are now discussing whether they should discontinue some of their efforts on behalf of Attac. Media commentary on the judgement has been extensive, in keeping with its great relevance. Some commentators consider the judgement warranted and welcome the imposition of restrictions on organizations like Attac that hamper business as usual. Many others by contrast are demanding that government take action in order to broaden the scope for political action. An intermediate position is to propose creation of special rules for entities that are not parties but nonetheless participate in political discourse. Weiterlesen