Attorney General hosts Colloquium on European Developments in Charity Law

28 February 2014

The Attorney General’s colloquium brought together those interested in discussing proposals for a European Foundation Statute, and what the implications might be for local charities and our charity law.

The Attorney General, speaking after the colloquium, said:

“This has been a hugely valuable occasion in which we have all learned a great deal about the draft Foundation Statute and, in particular, how its current failure to make provision for religious charities, and deficiencies in embracing common law charity models might be addressed.”

In addition to the Attorney, the colloquium heard from Dr Oonagh Breen of University College Dublin who provided an enlightening commentary on the proposed Foundation Statute. Ben Harrison MBE, senior adviser in the Cabinet Office, gave the UK government perspective and an update on the progress of negotiations within the Member States.