UK considers idea of Euro-compact

The Government has agreed to look into the idea of championing a European compact after a meeting with umbrella bodies from across Europe last week.

The meeting was attended by Europe minister Jim Murphy, third sector minister Phil Hope and umbrella groups from France and Sweden, which also have compacts.

A Government spokesman said there was every reason to think a European compact would be a good idea, but more detailed work was needed before the UK could commit itself.

Stuart Etherington, chief executive of umbrella body the NCVO, was also at the meeting. He said: "A European compact would lead to clear consultation periods, appropriate notice of funding decisions and a more transparent dialogue on regulations that affect civil society."

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