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First national consultation on new legal framework governing associations.

(TAP)- A first national consultation on the new legal framework governing associations was held on Thursday in Tunis.

During the consultation, the Government put forward a series of recommendations to overcome the difficulties inherent in the implementation of Decree-Law No. 2011-88 of September 24, 2011 on the organisation of associations.

These recommendations include the revision of the sanctions system, the harmonisation of Decree-Law No. 2011-88 of September 24, 2011, the organisation of associations with the provisions of the Law on Combating Terrorism and the Punishment of Money Laundering and the creation of an electronic platform to monitor the activities of associations.

The total number of associations in Tunisia is around 20,361, of which 250 were created before independence, 9,619 after independence and 10,475 others set up under Legislative Decree No. 2011-88, said Director at the Directorate General of associations and political parties at the Prime Ministry Ali Amira.

The constitution of associations is governed by the reporting system. The system of authorization imposed by the law on associations of 1992 is no longer in force, he recalled.

He said some 3019 authorizations were granted to associations in 2012.

Present at the consultation, Judge Fadhila Gargouri, President of a Chamber at the Court of Auditors, found it difficult to control the funding of associations in cash, in the absence of a database to that effect.

She said out of a total of 20 thousand, 500 associations have made public their statements of financial resources. These statements are unclear and cannot be exploited, she said.

Fearing restrictions on the activities of associations and their funding, several components of civil society have deemed unnecessary the amendment of Decree Law No. 2011-88.

In response to these concerns, Mehdi Ben Gharbia, Minister in charge of relations with constitutional Institutions, Civil Society and Human Rights reaffirmed the national unity government's commitment to the reinforcement of freedoms and the consolidation of the attributes of associative action, within the framework of a participatory approach that involves all actors concerned, including the associative fabric.

The consultation focused on the shortcomings of Legislative Decree No. 2011-88 which, according to Nadhir Boughanjioua, Director General of the Relationship with Society at the Ministry of Relations with Constitutional Institutions, Civil Society and Human rights, posed several difficulties particularly in terms of the exercise of associative action and the association-administration relationship.

The Associations are currently obeying Decree-Law No. 2011-88 of September 24, 2011 on the organisation of associations drawn up by the High Authority for the achievement of the objectives of the revolution, political reform and democratic transition.

This decree-law came to repeal Law No. 1959-154 of November 7, 1959 on associations which had imposed restrictions on associative action.

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Date:Jun 15, 2017
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