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A first law regulating the work of non-governmental organizations was passed in 1996, a few years after Moldova became an independent state. A reform of the previous NGO law became necessary due to the 2019 reform of Moldovan civil law and the growing need for a simpler registration and administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as for the clarification of the ways and the circumstances under which NGOs may provide support to domestic political parties.
The draft law was adopted in the first reading as early as April 2018. In the discussion about a new Moldovan NGO law, however, there were strongly divergent reform approaches, which at that time (under a government led by the "Democratic Party of Moldova") generated the worry that the activities of civil society organizations, including foreign foundations, could be restricted.
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