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Thursday, June 29, 2006

A new financial instrument to promote democracy and human rights

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News The Commission has adopted a proposal for a self-standing financing instrument to promote democracy and human rights worldwide.

The new instrument is to replace the present external assistance scheme (European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights – EIDHR), which will run out by the end of the year. The proposal has immediately been sent to the European Parliament and the Council to ensure an efficient legislative process enabling the instrument to become operational by the beginning of next year. The proposal for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights clearly spells out the particular aims of EU assistance under the instrument: Enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms where they are most at risk and providing support and solidarity to victims of repression and abuse; Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform, developing political participation and representation, and supporting conflict prevention; Supporting the international framework for the protection of human rights , the rule of law and the promotion of democracy; Building confidence in democratic electoral processes through further development of electoral observation and assistance. Past experiences made with the predecessor scheme (European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights) have been taken into account in the new proposal. There will be a higher degree of flexibility in the EU’s assistance response to changing situations in human rights and democracy processes, while at the same time internal Commission reforms will ensure a smoother and simpler delivery procedure. http://

Source :  European Commission


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