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Friday, March 30, 2012

100 M€ for the European Fund for Democracy

Local development, Justice - Security, Human Rights, Local and Regional authorities, Administrations States, Development NGOs, Non-profit organisations,

The idea of a particular European fund to support democracy had been suggested in May 2011 by the Hungarian Presidency of the EU after the events of the Arab Spring. But by engaging the decision-making process last November, it is the Polish Presidency who has launched the project of a European Fund f...

At the origin of the creation of this fund, the failure of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights to be adapted to ... Read more

The idea of a particular European fund to support democracy had been suggested in May 2011 by the Hungarian Presidency of the EU after the events of the Arab Spring. But by engaging the decision-making process last November, it is the Polish Presidency who has launched the project of a European Fund for Democracy. The EFD could be operational next year and with a budget of € 100m per year.

At the origin of the creation of this fund, the failure of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights to be adapted to the specificities of each situation, in particular during the Arab Spring that has justified the need to create a new means of financing specific support for democracy. "Europe should provide an adapted support to actors of democratic change, among its neighbourhood and beyond. It was found during the Arab Spring, no current financial instrument provide this possibility" has said Tokia Saïfi MEP, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The EFD will support local initiatives to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and political pluralism to a wide variety of actors (NGOs, media, bloggers, and political movements).
The fund will have a light administrative structure in Brussels and simplified funding procedures. Its main objective is to support the democratic transition in countries of the European neighbourhood (the sixteen countries eligible for ENPI) but a specific mechanism of financial support will assist democratic movements in other countries. It will be managed by the EEAS, the Commission and European Parliament.
It will have its own EU budget and special contributions from States. Its budget will reach € 100 million per year. "Finally the EU will adopt a flexible and adapted response instrument to democratic challenges of today's world" has welcomed Tokia Saïfi.


Photo source: Polish Presidency of the European Union  


Written by Nicolas Deliot, Welcomeurope 
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