ArmInfo. On December 5, the Armenian government approved the draft law on amendments to the RA Law "On Public Organizations".
According to David Ananyan, Chairman of the State Revenue Committee (SRC) of Armenia, who introduced the draft law, there is an objective need to revise the current legislation. So, in the course of the application of the RA Law "On Public Organizations" a number of discrepancies were identified that required specification. The objective is also to ensure a high level of public accountability. However, the legislator was guided by the recommendation of paragraph 8.3 of the FATF (Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering).
As Ananyan explained, under the current regulations, only NGOs that receive funding from public funds submit an annual report on activities over the past year. By the current draft, the legislator has waived this restriction. Henceforth, all NGOs will be required to submit an annual report to the SRC, regardless of the sources of funding.
The project also clarifies the requirements for the information indicated in the report. So, NGOs receiving public money should not only disclose the programs within which they receive this funding, but also indicate the sources of funding. The remaining NGOs will submit to the authorized body - SRC, information on the programs within which money and property funds were received, without indicating their sources of funding.
In addition, if under the current regulations, NGOs indicate in the annual report the number of members of the public organization and volunteers at the beginning of the reporting year, now it will be required to submit data at the end of the reporting year. At the same time, the legislator requires indicating the number of volunteers who have worked in NGOs for at least 20 hours and are in contractual labor relations with the NGOs.
To note,, according to paragraph 8.3 of the FATF recommendation, countries should have a clear policy of promoting transparency, reliability and public trust in the direction and management of all NGOs.