Legal Regulation of Economic Activities of Civil Society Organizations

Published: February 2015

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.