Legal Regulation of Economic Activities of Civil Society Organizations


Almost all European countries allow CSOs to directly engage in economic activities without requiring them to create commercial entities for that purpose up to a certain level of income. This paper from the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law analyzes the question whether and how non-profit organizations can be engaged in economic activities.

The paper also covers social entrepreneurship and investment activities by non-governmental organizations, and provides examples of legislation and legal practice in Eastern and Western Europe.