Since April, access to the European Parliament has been limited to organisations with a permanent base in Brussels, following a change to internal rules by EU officials. But after a campaign by members of the NCVO's Eurogroup network and lobbying by civil society organisation Act4Europe, the restrictions have been lifted.
The Eurogroup argued that charities had been put at a disadvantage compared with private sector companies that could afford to employ Brussels-based political consultants to carry out lobbying activities.
Nolan Quigley, the NCVO's European and international officer, said: "We are delighted the EU Parliament has decided to abandon this rule, which penalised voluntary sector organisations. UK-based voluntary sector campaigners are making their voices heard on a wide range of issues on which the Parliament has voting powers. This shows that campaigning at EU level can produce results."