European Endowment for Democracy: 2015 was a challenging year for activists
April 26, 2016
“2015 was a challenging year for democracy activists in the European Neighbourhood,” the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) has said in its 2015 annual report, which has just been published on the EED website. The document was welcomed at the EU Political and Security Committee and at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting, the EED said.
Jerzy Pomianowski, EED Executive Director, presented the report at the EU Political and Security Committee earlier this month, highlighting that while the EED is an independent body focused on its long-term mandate to support civil society in the European Neighbourhood, it is not working in a vacuum. Consequently, the EED agenda is also strongly inspired by the European Union and its Member States political priorities, he added.
As a response to all the challenges, the EED in 2015 expanded its mandate to “Neighbours of the Neighbours” and engaged with actors in Russia and Central Asia in the east, and Bahrain in the south, the EED said in its press release.
The EED is a grant-giving organisation that supports local actors of democratic change in the European Neighbourhood and beyond. In 2013-2015 it received EUR 6 million from European Commission. The EU will continue supporting the EDD’s efforts to foster democracy and freedoms in EU neighbouring countries. (EU Neighbourhood Info)