This series of guides on banking conditions in European countries are a resource for CSOs that wish to open a bank account in select countries or compare banking conditions between  countries. The guides are brought to you by PILnet and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL).

To view ECNL’s comparative banking tool, visit their website.

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How to Open and Manage a Bank Account

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have increasingly reported challenges with opening bank accounts and transferring funds as banks implement measures in compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism rules.

These guides aim to support CSOs that wish to open a bank account in select countries or compare conditions between these countries. The countries and issues in these guides have been selected based on requests by national and international partners. New guides will be uploaded on a rolling basis.

If you need more information on banking for nonprofits, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]. If your organization needs legal advice on this topic, please submit a request for assistance.




**Law firms participating in this research are not liable towards third parties for the accuracy of the information contained in the European Banking Guide for Nonprofits Page. The research cannot be considered as legal advice. It was carried out in 2022 and responds to the regulatory framework on organizational banking in this time period. If you have further queries please reach out to our clearinghouse for legal help.**