International Democracy Day: Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and Vice-President Šuica
September 14, 2023
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its unwavering commitment to support and defend democracy, based on universal human rights, at home and beyond its borders.
Democracy has transformed and improved societies around the globe. However, the erosion of democracy and human rights is a reality that spares no one.
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine is a harsh reminder that democracy and the rules-based order are under attack. The European Union, its Member States, and democracies from all over the world have rallied to support Ukraine, recognising that the founding principles of our societies are at stake.
No democracy is immune to the challenges we face today. We must always stay vigilant and act upon the continued efforts to attack the rule of law, suppress civil liberties, manipulate elections, and repress civil society.
As authoritarian regimes develop and spread false narratives presenting themselves as easy alternatives to democracies, we should not underestimate the nefarious potential of information manipulation and disinformation activities.
Inclusiveness is democracy’s strength. When people across all generations are able to use their freedoms and rights to participate and engage in their societies, they can push back against authoritarianism. We are determined to protect the democratic institutions that underpin our democracy. That protection goes hand-in-hand with deepening our engagement with citizens to build democratic resilience. […]