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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

A European values instrument to support civil society organisations which promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental values within the European Union (debate)

  Michał Boni, on behalf of the PPE Group. – Madam President, democracy, the rule of law and European fundamental values cannot be taken for granted. They need active cultivation. A vibrant civil society is best suited to strengthening these values and preventing democracy from eroding. However, the performance of these tasks needs access to funding. This is why it is vital that we invest our resources in a strong civil society for the sake of our fundamental values and the future of the European project. This is what the proposed European values instrument is all about.

Its focus is on grassroots civil society actors who operate at local and national level, where European values are confronted with significant challenges across Europe. So far, the EU has not developed adequate instruments to this end. We know what the European crucial values are and have discussed them many times. What is also key is to open the space for dialogue between various pluralistic organisations with their views on the civic future of Europe. It is the best background to practise democracy, to give citizens a real opportunity to participate in democracy. This is the only way to keep and develop democracy in Europe, especially in the era of post-truth politics. This instrument should be user-friendly, transparent, accountable, responsive to urgent needs and easily accessible to local civic actors. Only in this way will it bring added value. I strongly hope that the Commission will approve the idea and that adequate resources will be allocated to the European values instrument in the next budget.

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