Despite a setback in 2015, advocates are continuing the fight to ease cross-border philanthropy in Europe. Photo by: European Union

BRUSSELS — At the beginning of October, at the end of a long day, in a meeting room off the main thoroughfare inside the European Parliament, a small group met to try to revive an idea: The creation of a single market for European philanthropy.

The free movement of capital is enshrined in the treaties that form the legal basis for the European Union. But on Oct. 1, Sven Giegold, a German Greens member of the European Parliament, told the audience of around 50 civil society actors, MEPs, and officials from the European Commission that while the law facilitates pan-European companies, charitable organizations fare much worse.

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    Vince Chadwick

    Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.