Some suggested principles and key texts
For the draft executive regulations of Law 70 of 2017
"Associations and NGOs Law"
Public Policy Analysis and Human Rights Unit
Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights (Egypt)
Under a project
The Universal Periodic Review as a Tool to Improve Public Policies during the Transition
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The President of the Republic ratified a law that increases the restriction of civil work in Egypt, which is the law that was submitted by Representative Abdel Hadi Al-Qasabi, Chairman of the Social Solidarity Committee in the Egyptian Parliament, and was issued by Resolution No. 70 of 2017, and the new law raises a number of important problems that must be remedied by the current executive regulations Preparing them as much as possible and within the limits of the provisions of the law in order to facilitate the task of organizations in carrying out their work, and perhaps the most prominent of these problems are related to establishment, financing and solution procedures, which we will deal with in the following items.
The first axis: establishment
Article 75 of the constitution stipulates that “Citizens have the right to form associations and civil institutions on a democratic basis, and they shall have legal personality upon notification. It exercises its activities freely, and administrative bodies may not interfere in their affairs, dissolve them, or dissolve their boards of directors or their boards of trustees except by a court ruling. It is prohibited to establish or maintain associations or civil institutions whose system or activity is secret or of a military or quasi-military character, and all of this is as regulated by law.
The law regulates the methods of establishing associations according to a number of articles and we suggest in this axis that the executive regulations clarify those articles according to the following:
|Text of Law 70 of 2017||The proposed text of the executive regulations|
The establishment of the association shall be based on a notification submitted to the competent administrative authority on the form it specifies, complete with all documents stipulated in the following articles, and it shall have legal personality upon notification, and every natural or legal person shall have the right to join or withdraw from it in accordance with the provisions of this law.
A notification producing its legal effects is not considered any notification that does not complete all the required data and documents according to the form prepared for this.
|The competent administrative authority means the Ministry of Social Solidarity and workers in the central administration of associations and workers in the Societies Department in the directorates and departments in the various governorates, and the work is under the management and supervision of the apparatus stipulated in Article 70 of this law.|
The founding member of the association or the member of the board of directors or the board of trustees, as the case may be, must be enjoying his civil and political rights, and no final ruling has been issued against him for a criminal or freedom-restricting penalty for a misdemeanor involving dishonor and trust, unless he has been rehabilitated.
|The founders of the association are the natural or legal persons who participate in its establishment and sign its articles of association. If they have prepared its founding document, it must include a definition of the purpose of the association and the geographical scope of its work, and it must be signed by all the founders.
If all of the founders are natural persons, then all of them must be fully competent. And if one or some of the founders is a natural person who has lost or lacks eligibility, he must be excluded, and the incorporation procedures shall be completed if the number of founders after the exclusion corresponds to the number of founders stipulated in the law.
Non-Egyptians who have legal residence in Egypt may participate in the membership of the association or its board of directors, not exceeding the percentage of 10% of the number of members, and the administrative authority shall notify the agency of the names of those who wish to join the association or take a seat on its board of directors.
|If one of the founders is a non-Egyptian, he must have a permanent or temporary residence in Egypt in addition to fulfilling the remaining conditions for a founding membership or he is authorized to start his activities in accordance with the provisions of Egyptian law.|
The administrative authority shall coordinate and cooperate with the concerned authorities to establish a database in which all societies and entities subject to the provisions of this law, their activities, programs, their funding sources, and other necessary matters are registered, in accordance with what is determined by the competent minister.
Each association or entity shall have a unique number on the level of the Republic, indicating it in that rule.
The administrative body is also obligated to record the summary of the association’s statute in the association database from the date of its notification of the desire to establish the association. This notification does not have its effect unless it is accompanied by the following documents:
A) Four copies of the association’s statute, signed by all the founders.
B) Two copies of the bylaws of the bylaw that regulate the financial and administrative matters of the Association and its workers, according to the indicative model attached to the executive regulations of this law.
C) The criminal record for each founding member and his financial disclosure statement.
D) Disclosure of the persons chosen to chair and membership of the first board of directors from the group of founders.
E) An official, notarized document to occupy the headquarters of the association.
F) Evidence of payment of a fee of no more than ten thousand pounds in return for registering the association’s system in the register of the administrative body, the proceeds of which will go to the civil societies and institutions support fund, and the executive regulations of the law and what devolves from it to the benefit of the General Union with the exception of foreign non-governmental organizations subject to the supervision of the agency The Central Auditing Association, civil societies, institutions, and other entities addressed by the provisions of this law.
G) The rules and conditions for volunteering to work in the association’s activities, if any, and the volunteers ’rights, duties and means of protection.
H) Determine the representative of the founders' group to take the establishment procedures.
I) The website of the association and its e-mail address, if available.
The executive regulations shall indicate the other documents that must be submitted by those wishing to establish one of the organized entities under the provisions of this law or to occupy or work in its board of directors or its board of trustees.
|The representative of the founders' group submits to the competent administrative authority a request to register the summary of the association’s statute on the form (prepared for registration) accompanied by the following documents:
1- Four copies of the association’s statute signed by all of the founders. If one of the founders is a legal person, the request must be accompanied by proof of the legal status of the legal person and an explicit acknowledgment by his legal representative agreeing to establish or participate in establishing the association.
2- Four copies of the list of founders' names, indicating each of them the full name, surname, age, nationality, profession and place of residence.
3- Acknowledgment by each founding member that no final judgment has been issued against him with a criminal or freedom-restricting penalty for a misdemeanor involving dishonor or trust.
4- Deed for determining the representative of the founders' group to take the incorporation procedures.
5- A document for occupying the association’s headquarters (ownership - rent - usufruct - allocation), and proof of the date is to document the lease contract.
6- Evidence of paying the registration fee for the association’s system in the register of the administrative body. The establishment fees are calculated according to the number of fields of work in which the association will work, so that the expenses of establishing the association with one field of work are 500 and another 500 is added to each field of work with a maximum of ten thousand Egyptian pounds according to According to Article 8 of Law 70 of 2017, the 10% percentage of the fund proceeds from the General Union.
The applicant for establishing the association shall deliver a receipt indicating the receipt of his notification indicating the time and date of receipt of the notification and the person who received it, and it is not permissible to refrain from accepting the notification papers unless they do not fulfill the required data, information and documents.
And if it becomes evident to the administrative authority within a period of 60 working days from the date of notification that among the objectives of the association is a prohibited or shameful activity according to the penal code or any other law, or that the notification data and appendices are incomplete or incorrect, the registration shall be suspended by a reasoned decision notified by the representative of the founders' group according to a letter Acknowledgment recommended.
In this case, the representative of the founders' group may correct the error, complete the data, or appeal this decision before the competent court within 60 working days from the date of notification.
|The competent administrative authority must prove the date of submitting the application to register the association or civil institution and the summary of the articles of association after verifying its fulfillment, and this shall be on a copy of it and delivered to the applicant. And the administrative authority must keep a special record to prove the applications for registering the basic system summaries according to the date and time of their submission, and a receipt shall be submitted to the representative of the founders' group.
The registration application may not be suspended by the administrative body except by a reasoned decision. The competent administrative authority is obligated to notify the representative of the founders ’group of the decision to reject the application to register the summary of the statute of the association.
The notification shall be by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt within sixty days from the date of submitting the complete application.
The appeal shall be against the decision of the competent administrative authority rejecting the registration of the summary of the statute of the association before the Administrative Court, and it must be submitted by the representative of the founders' group in a newspaper deposited at the clerk's office of the court no later than sixty days from the date of being notified of the decision to reject the registration application.
The legal personality of the association shall be confirmed from the date of registering the summary of its articles of association in the special register prepared for this by the competent administrative authority or by the force of law, after the lapse of sixty days from the date of submitting the registration application in a complete manner, whichever is earlier.
The administrative body is obligated to register the association and take measures to publish a summary of the association’s statute on the official website of the administrative body on the International Information Network (Internet), after completing the notification process in accordance with the provisions of Article (9).
The association may, upon proving its legal personality, publish a summary of its statute approved by the administrative authority on its website if available and with the Egyptian facts.
The administrative authority shall issue a letter addressed to one of the banks subject to the supervision of the Central Bank of Egypt to open a bank account for the association in the name with which it was registered, and it is not permissible to open a bank account for the association or other entities subject to the provisions of this law unless the aforementioned letter is issued.
|The competent administrative authority shall enter the summary of the articles of association of the association in the special register within sixty days from the date on which the representative of the founders' group submits a complete application for registration.
The commitment of the competent administrative authority to register and prove the legal personality of the association shall not prejudice the right of the administrative body to object to what it deems in violation of the provisions of the law in the statute of the association or with regard to the founders, and the administrative authority in this case must inform the association of the reasons for its objection by a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt to remove the reasons for objection Within 15 days from the date of notification.
The administrative authority shall issue a letter addressed to one of the banks subject to the supervision of the Central Bank of Egypt to open a bank account for the association in the name with which it was registered, within fifteen days of proving the legal personality of the association.
It is not permissible to open a bank account for the association or other entities subject to the provisions of this law except with the issuance of the letter referred to.
The association and other entities subject to the provisions of this law operate exclusively in the areas of community development specified in its articles of association.
Associations and other subject entities, in accordance with the provisions of this law, that carry out their activities and activities in the border areas to which a decision is issued by the Prime Minister, must obtain a license to carry out these actions from the administrative authority, after consulting the competent governor before starting the implementation.
In all cases, associations and other entities subject to the provisions of this law may not work in a field or practice an activity that falls within the scope of work of parties, professional or labor unions, or of a political nature, or detrimental to the country's national security, public order, public morals or public health.
|The national security of the country means all external or internal issues that stand in the way of the state’s progress in implementing its declared national strategies, which directly affects its vital interests, and is likely to lead to the disturbance of the state’s stability and security.
An annual periodical book is published and distributed to all associations and civil institutions defining the country's national security and what affects it internally and externally after reviewing the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.
Every act or act that harms citizens, the public establishment, or public and private property is punishable by the Egyptian Penal Code.
In all cases, associations and other entities subject to the provisions of this law may not work in a field or practice an activity that falls within the scope of work of parties, professional or labor unions, or of a political nature.
What is meant by political activity, whose practice is limited to political parties, with the following:
Doing party propaganda or promoting a party program.
Contributing to electoral campaigns to support one of the candidates in the representative elections.
Spending any money from the association’s funds to support the activity of one of the parties or propagandize for candidates.
Presenting candidates on behalf of the assembly to run in the representative elections.
The following means trade union activity, which is practiced exclusively in trade unions:
Claiming the rights of owners of a specific profession vis-à-vis employers.
Granting the necessary certificates or licenses to practice one of the professions.
It is not considered a prohibited activity in this regard, the cultural, humanitarian or social activities that parties or trade unions may practice without being limited to them, and all constitutional and political awareness campaigns and activities to publicize rights, duties, international mechanisms, international treaties and conventions.
Associations work to achieve their objectives in the fields of development and social care, in order to develop society, in accordance with the state’s plan and its developmental needs and priorities. It is not permissible to prohibit the conduct of any of the foregoing activities unless it is mentioned in violation of the terms of establishment or the objectives of the association, or it is related to political, partisan or union activities in accordance with the laws organizing them.
The establishment or continuation of secret societies is prohibited, and the following is prohibited:
A) Forming companies or formations of a military or paramilitary character.
B) Engaging in activities that lead to a breach of national unity, national security, public order or public morals.
C) Advocating for discrimination between citizens on the basis of gender, origin, color, language, religion, belief, or any activity that advocates racism, incitement to hatred, or other reasons in violation of the constitution and the law, or calls for violating laws or regulations or not applying them.
D) Participating in financing, supporting or promoting the electoral campaigns of any candidate in the presidential, parliamentary or local elections, or party propaganda campaigns, or providing financial support to parties, their candidates, or independent candidates, or presenting a candidate in those elections in the name of the association.
E) Granting any scientific or professional certificates.
F) Any activities that require a license from a government agency prior to obtaining the license.
G) Procedures for opinion polls, publishing or making their results available, conducting field research, or presenting their results before presenting them to the agency to ensure their safety and impartiality.
H) Concluding an agreement in any form with a foreign entity inside or outside the country before the agency approves it, as well as any modification to it.
I) Advocating for support or financing of violence or terrorist organizations.
J) Aiming to achieve a profit for the members of the association or practicing an activity devoted to that, and following commercial controls to achieve a product that contributes to the achievement of the association’s objectives is not considered a violating activity.
|Civil societies work to achieve their objectives in the fields of development and social care for the development of society. Associations and institutions define the branches of their work according to the state’s five-year plan. The state’s plan, its development needs and priorities and the sustainable development strategy are prepared by Egypt’s Vision 2030 and all medium and long-term plans approved by Parliament, Cabinet or Any of the ministries or local authorities or the UN plans and plans of regional organizations in which Egypt is a member and approved by the Egyptian state.
To be distributed in a booklet issued by the Ministry to NGOs and civil institutions in the following branches:
1. Childhood and motherhood care.
2. Take care of the family.
3. Social assistance.
4. Care for aging.
5. Taking care of special groups and the handicapped.
6. Cultural, scientific and religious services.
7. Development of local communities.
8. Work in the fields of entrepreneurship and micro-credit.
9. Organization and administration.
10. Taking care of prisoners.
11. Human rights.
12. Literary activity.
13. Social defense.
15. Environmental protection and preservation.
16. Family economic development and income development.
17. Consumer protection.
The competent administrative authority must reject, by a reasoned decision, the request to register the summary of the statute of the association if it appears that one of its purposes is to carry out one of the following activities:
1- Forming companies, military formations, or military ones.
2- Threatening national unity, violating public order or morals, or calling for discrimination between citizens on the basis of sex, origin, color, language, religion or belief.
3- Any political activity whose practice is restricted to political parties, in accordance with the political parties law.
4- Any trade union activity whose practice is restricted to trade unions in accordance with the Trade Union Law.
5- Targeting a profit or practicing an activity that goes into that. Following commercial controls to achieve a return that contributes to the realization of the association’s objectives, it is not considered a violating activity.
The association must notify the agency responsible for granting a license to a specialist to conduct an opinion poll or field research at least thirty days before it is conducted, and the agency has the right to object to the search or survey within thirty days from the date of receiving the request by a reasoned letter registered with the acknowledgment of receipt, and the association has the right to amend the reasons at the same times announced The agency has the right to object again within fifteen days, in which case the association may resort to the competent court to settle the dispute between the agency and the association.
The penalty stipulated in Article 88 of the Law shall be applied when the association or institution conducts a survey or research without the approval of the agency or the court’s ruling. In all cases, the agency’s failure to respond during the periods indicated is an approval for conducting the research or survey.
With the exception of foreign non-governmental organizations, associations, civil institutions and other entities are subject to the supervision of the Central Auditing Organization.
In all cases, it is not permissible to delegate or assign the employees of the competent ministry, directorates and social units affiliated to it, or other public bodies that supervise, direct or control the association or finance it to work in associations and civil institutions subject to the provisions of this law. The executive regulations may specify some of the necessary sectors that are exempt from this ban.
|If the association wishes to seek the assistance of a civil servant in the state to assist it in carrying out its mission, it must submit a request to the entity in which he works.
If the employer decides to approve the request, it shall submit it, together with the opinion, to the competent minister or governor, and the delegation decision is issued for a period of one year, renewable upon the association’s request.
In all cases, a copy of the decision of the competent minister or governor shall be sent to the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
The association may join, affiliate, or participate in the exercise of a civil activity that does not contradict its objectives with an association, body, or local or foreign organization, provided that a license is obtained from the administrative authority based on a request submitted to this effect. In addition to the license, the agency’s approval is required to join, affiliate or participate. With a foreign organization.
The executive regulations shall specify the controls for cooperation, joining, affiliation and participation with the local and foreign agency, and the data and information that the application must contain.
|It is permissible to affiliate or participate in civil societies and institutions with a local or foreign body or organization, provided that a license is obtained from the administrative authority upon a request submitted to do so.
If the association wishes to join, subscribe, or affiliate with a club, association, body or organization based outside the Arab Republic of Egypt and engaging in an activity that does not contradict its objectives, it must notify the administrative body, and the notification must include the following data:
The name of the club, association, body, or organization, its nationality, and its headquarters.
Its primary purpose or activity.
The country or states in which it exercises its activity.
The administrative body may agree to join, subscribe, or affiliation as soon as it receives the notification. If thirty days pass without a written objection, the association may complete its procedures.
The Association may not open its headquarters or offices in any of the governorates of the Republic that are subject to its direct supervision. To initiate and implement its various activities other than its headquarters, except after the prior written approval of the competent minister or whomever he delegates, stating the address of this headquarters, the targeted activity, the manager responsible for it, and its employees.
|The Minister of Social Solidarity authorizes directors of directorates to approve or object to the opening of headquarters for associations or institutions in the governorates other than their headquarters, after submitting a request to open a new headquarters with the administrative authority, and if thirty days have elapsed without a written objection, the association may complete its procedures.
The second axis: financing
Associations according to Articles 23 and 24 of the law also face many obstacles, as the law stipulates that associations wishing to receive local funding, whether from natural or legal persons, notify the administrative authority of this, provided that they receive a response within 60 working days and in the event that they do not receive Approval of the request The request is rejected, and it was expected in the amendments of Law 84 of 2002 to put in place innovative mechanisms for local financing, but those difficulties increased. Therefore, we suggest that the executive regulations clarify some articles according to the following: -
|Text of Law 70 of 2017||The proposed text of the executive regulations|
Without prejudice to the provisions of the anti-terrorism and money laundering laws, the Association, in order to achieve its objectives and support its financial resources, has the right to receive cash funds or collect donations from inside the Republic from Egyptian natural or legal persons, provided that these funds are deposited in its bank account without others and annotated in its records Therefore, the association should allocate and spend that money for what it was collected for. By submitting periodic account statements, the administrative body must be notified of receiving the funds on the dates specified by the executive regulations.
The approval of the administrative authority must be obtained thirty working days before collecting donations, and the administrative body is obligated to notify the agency of that.
The executive regulations of this law specify the rules, procedures and conditions required to authorize the collection of donations, in their various forms and the conditions necessary for each method separately, when the public interest so requires.
The executive regulations also indicate the controls and procedures for receiving in-kind funds. In all cases, cash funds exceeding ten thousand pounds may not be accepted except by virtue of a bank check or by depositing through one of the banks subject to the supervision of the Central Bank.
|The association may collect donations from the public by following the following procedures:
1- To submit a request to the competent administrative authority indicating the activity, activities or project for which the donation proceeds are allocated, the proposed method for collecting the money, the period during which it is requested permission for a Friday, and the geographical scope of this invitation.
2- The competent administrative authority decides on the request and informs the association of its opinion within fifteen days from the date it received it.
3- In case of approval of the competent administrative authority, the association is obligated to submit the books of receipts for collecting money or stamps to this authority for stamping with its seal.
4- The competent administrative authority issues a declaration to the association that includes approval for collecting donations, the period and the geographical scope authorized, and the number of receipt books or stamps that have been sealed with its seal.
Upon the end of the period for which the donations are authorized, the association is obligated to submit receipts or stamps remaining to the competent administrative authority, to be executed in the presence of the association’s representative and the competent administrative authority and this is proven in a report that they sign and stamp with the seal of the competent administrative authority.
The association is also obligated, within a period not exceeding sixty days from the date of the expiry of the license period, to submit to the competent administrative authority a final account of the outcome of the implementation of the license.
In the event that the license is refused, the administrative authority shall inform the Foundation of the reasons for rejection within fifteen days from the date of receiving the request for the license to collect donations, by a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt.
The association has the right to resort to the competent court to decide on the license application within the next sixty days from the date of receiving the letter
It is not considered as fundraising, announcing in any way the objectives or activities of the association if it results in receiving donations.
In all cases, it is not permissible to accept cash funds whose value exceeds ten thousand pounds except by means of a bank check, or by deposit through one of the banks subject to the supervision of the Central Bank.
Without prejudice to the provisions of the anti-terrorism and money laundering laws, the association may accept and receive funds, grants and donations from Egyptian or foreign natural or legal persons from outside the country, or from foreign natural or legal persons from inside the country, provided that these funds are deposited in its bank account without Change it and annotate it in its records accordingly, and the competent minister issues a decision regulating the procedures and rules for receiving these funds after taking the opinion of the agency, within thirty working days of receiving the funds and entering them into the association’s account, and the agency has the right to object within the next sixty working days from the date of notification.
The association is committed to not disbursing the funds granted within the sixty working days period, and if the agency does not return during the aforementioned period, this will be deemed non-approval, and the association may not send or transfer funds of any nature to persons or organizations abroad except after notifying the agency and obtaining written approval for that. With the exception of books, pamphlets, scientific and technical journals, and subscription fees.
The executive regulations shall specify the procedures and rules for receiving those funds, the consequences of non-approval, the notification procedures, and the data and documents it contains.
|The association may receive funds from abroad and may send money abroad, after obtaining permission from the agency mentioned in Article 70 of the law, based on a request that you submit, including the following data:
1- The name of the foreign person or entity or his representative at home, according to the circumstances and the country to which he belongs and his headquarters.
2- The activity practiced by the foreign person or entity and its objectives.
3- The amount of funds that associations wish to obtain or intend to send, and the means of receiving or sending them.
The administrative body (the agency) has the right to object to the grant and the activity within the sixty days following the notification. The reasons for the objection must be based on the activity's violation of the provisions of the law or the constitution. In the event of non-response, the association has the right to request reasons for non-response or rejection, and it has the right to resort to the competent court to object to the decision of the administrative body.
In all cases, the agency is obligated to set a fixed, announced monthly date to review all the requests received until the three days prior to its meeting.
In the event that the day of the meeting coincides with an official or seasonal holiday, the meeting shall be held on the first working day after the holiday, and the meeting must be a quorum and a majority vote is taken.
And in cases where the association receives funds from abroad - whatever their nature - before obtaining the agency's permission. They are kept until permission is issued, and the cash funds are kept by depositing them in a special account in one of the accredited banks in Egypt, and the funds in kind are preserved in a way that suits their nature. The rejection decision or the rejection of the appeal against this decision shall be considered an executive document for the refund.
The association may request its temporary release with the written approval of the agency.
The provisions of this article do not apply either to receiving or sending in relation to books, pamphlets, scientific and technical journals and their subscriptions and membership subscriptions.
The third axis: dissolving associations
|Text of Law 70 of 2017||The proposed text of the executive regulations|
The association may be dissolved voluntarily by a decision of the extraordinary general assembly in accordance with the rules established in its articles of association, and in this case the dissolution decision must include the appointment of half or more of the accredited accounting offices for a period determined by the decision and with a wage to be appointed and notify the administrative authority of that, and if the specified period for liquidation elapses without completing it The administrative body may extend it for one more period, otherwise it shall complete the liquidation with its knowledge
|By a decision of the extraordinary general assembly, it is permissible to dissolve the association in accordance with the rules established in its statute, by the majority determined for the issuance of its decisions, provided that it is not less than the absolute majority of the number of members of the association.
The solution decision must include the following:
1- Appointing one or more liquidators to carry out liquidation work.
2- Determining the liquidation period.
3- Determining the fees of the liquidator or liquidators.
Inform the competent administrative authority and the competent union of the decision within one week from the date of its issuance and inform them of the minutes of the general assembly meeting.
The liquidator makes an inventory of all the assets and liabilities of associations and civil institutions, then the liquidator distributes the liquidation results to the legal beneficiaries.
If the period specified for liquidation has passed without its completion, it may be possible, upon the request of the liquidator or the competent administrative authority, to extend it for one more period by a decision of the General Federation of Associations and Institutions, and if the liquidation is not completed during that period, the competent administrative authority undertakes the completion of the liquidation.
Those in charge of managing the dissolved association, by a decision of the general assembly or by virtue of a court ruling, must take the initiative to hand over the association’s funds and all documents, records and papers related to it to the liquidator as soon as it is requested, and it is prohibited for them, just as the body with which the association’s funds and debtors are deposited is prohibited from disposing of any of its affairs Or its money or rights, except by a written order from the liquidator.
|Whenever a decision is made to dissolve the association, those in charge of its management and employees must take the initiative to hand over its liquid, movable and real estate funds and all documents, records and papers related to it to the liquidator as soon as it is requested. They and the party with which the association’s funds are deposited and its debtors are not allowed to dispose of any of its affairs, funds or rights except by a written order from the liquidator.|
The fourth axis: the work of foreign organizations
|Text of Law 70 of 2017||The proposed text of the executive regulations|
|Foreign non-governmental organizations|
Foreign non-governmental organizations that are not affiliated with a foreign government, party, or trade union organization may be authorized to practice one or more activities of associations and civil institutions subject to the provisions of this law in accordance with the rules established therein for a specified period of up to three years that may be renewed.
It is not permissible for the organization to conduct any activity in the Arab Republic of Egypt or enter into any form of cooperation within the country except after obtaining the agency’s authorization, and no party may conclude any of the aforementioned formulas with any non-governmental foreign party without the approval of the agency.
|Foreign non-governmental organizations may request permission to practice one or more activities of associations and NGOs in Egypt. The request is submitted to the competent body according to the following:
1- The treaty or agreement on which the organization relies to request the exercise of activity in Egypt.
- If there was no previous treaty or agreement, then the organization’s request, including the following data, is a proposal for an agreement, which becomes an agreement with the approval of the agency and the signature of those who represent it and who represent the organization.
2- The type of activity that the organization requests permission to practice in Egypt, and the geographical scope to conduct this activity, and the period for which it takes.
3- The funds proposed to be allocated for the exercise of this activity and the means of financing it.
The executive regulations specify the procedures for submitting a permit application, its period, the data and information that must be included in the permit application, and that include:
1 - An official certified certificate stating that the parent organization is registered and practicing civil work in a legal manner in its country with an official copy of the bylaw of the parent organization.
2- An official certified certificate that the organization requesting the permit is known for its good reputation - and that it is not involved in incidents of corruption or committing crimes.
3 - Approval of the organization that you follow abroad to establish a branch in the country, and to submit - the data of the founding members, their boards of directors and those in charge of them, the destinations and sources of their financing, the past of their activities, and other documents that must be attached to it in accordance with the executive regulations of the law and the rules for practicing the authorized activity.
4- Evidence of the integrity of the criminal situation of the founding members and its board of directors - and those in charge of them
|The procedures for submitting a permit application, its duration, the data and information that must be included in the permit application include the following:
Certified copy of the organization’s statute.
- Certified copy of the decision of the organization's competent authority in accordance with its bylaws - to practice the proposed activity in Egypt, as required by the establishment of its headquarters there.
- An official certificate approved by the country's embassy in Egypt that the organization requesting the permit is known for its good reputation - and that it is not involved in incidents of corruption or committing crimes.
- Submit a document approved by the embassy to which the organization belongs, stating the integrity of the criminal situation of the founding members and its board of directors - and those in charge of it.