DISINFO: The law on non-profit organisations in Moldova can lead to the loss of state sovereignty
The fact that the adoption of the law on NGOs may lead to the loss of state sovereignty and to the free financing of parties by various third-party organisations bothers neither Sandu, nor Nastase, nor even Muresan.
This claim is in line with the disinformation narrative about NGOs sponsored from abroad as ”foreign agents” aiming to undermine the political order in the country. The statement is made in the context in which a number of non-governmental organisations, usually pro-Western, have made three calls in the last three months (March 3, April 30 and June 3) for Parliament to adopt in final reading the draft law on non-profit organisations. In the first reading, the project was adopted in 2018. The latest call, signed by member organisations of the National Platform of the Republic of Moldova of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, states that the project will improve the legal framework for non-profit organisations and is based on the standards on freedom of association recommended by Venice Commission and OSCE/ODIHR. The project simplifies the registration of non-profit organisations and prohibits the involvement of NGOs in election campaigns, as well as their funding of political parties. The draft establishes framework legislation on state funding or support for non-profit organisations and grants the right to request and receive funding from foreign organisations and foundations. There is no mention that it would affect the country's sovereignty. The pro-European opposition parties in the Republic of Moldova support the project, stating that it complies with international standards in the field, but the party with the most seats in Parliament (pro-Russian one) and the country's president oppose and announce that they will adopt it with changes.