EED highlights continued demand for democracy support in Southern Mediterranean
May 4, 2016
The EU-funded European Endowment for Democracy underlined the ongoing demand for support for democracy work in the Southern region of the Mediterranean at a seminar on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), organised by the EuroMed Human Rights Network (EuroMed Rights) on 22 April in Brussels.
“EED as a donor is playing a gap-filling role. Thanks to its flexibility, the Endowment has the capacity to operate in politically sensitive environments where the possibility of international support to local groups is rather limited,” argued Marie Camberlin, EED Programme Officer in her speech.
After nearly 3 years of operation, EED has identified its operational niche and proves to be a gap-filling mechanism, complementing EU instruments. To date, it has funded 304 initiatives, among which 124 initiatives from the EU Southern Neighbourhood totalling €8.44 million.
The European Endowment for Democracy assists pro-democratic civil society organisations, movements and individual activists, acting in favour of a pluralistic multiparty system, regardless of their size or formal status. The EED also provides assistance to young leaders, independent media and journalists, provided that all the beneficiaries adhere to core democratic values and human rights as well as subscribe to principles of non-violence. Women’s rights organisations and female activists will be among the recipients of support, and gender perspective will be mainstreamed in all decisions and EED-funded actions.
The European Commission funds the project ‘Support to the European Endowment for Democracy’, with the aim of supporting the core functioning of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) in the European Neighbourhood as an actor to foster and encourage democratisation and deep and sustainable democracy in countries in political transition and in societies struggling for democratisation. (EU Neighbourhood Info)