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Commission contributes € 6 million to EED’s launch

12.11.2012 - 16:48

The European Commission provided today € 6 million in order to promote the launch of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), with the purpose of helping political parties, non-registered NGOs, trade unions and other social partners to safeguard democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. The funds will finance the establishment and initial functioning of the Endowment, which was conceived in the framework of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy. The € 6 million will also be used for conferences, seminars, publications, networking events, training courses and other activities.

Catherine Ashton said: “I am delighted to see the European Endowment for Democracy becoming a reality, thanks to a truly joined-up effort between the EU institutions and the Member States. The EED sends a concrete signal to our neighbours and beyond, that we are 100% committed to supporting democracy and the values upon which the EU was founded.

In addition, Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, stated that he hopes EED will contribute to the establishment of an efficient organization aimed to promote EU’s values on democracy, human rights and the creation of a pluralistic society.

The EED aims to facilitate access to funding for targeted beneficiaries, including journalists, bloggers, non-registered NGOs, political movements etc. and especially in cases these actors operate in an uncertain political context. The necessary funds will be collected from Member States or other stakeholders, such as private foundations.

Finally, EED will have theform of a private law Foundation established in Belgium. It will not act as an instrument of the European Union, but will be governed by its own Statute and governing bodies. Its role is to ensure compliance with the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the Instrument for Stability or the Civil Society Facility.