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pursuant to Rule 121(1) of the Rules of Procedure

on the modalities for the possible establishment of a European Endowment for Democracy

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff on behalf of the ALDE Group

European Parliament recommendation to the Council on the modalities for the possible establishment of a European Endowment for Democracy  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the two sets of Council conclusions on ‘Democracy support in the EU’s external relations’: those of 17 November 2009 and those of 13 December 2010 containing the ‘2010 progress report and list of pilot countries’,

–   having regard to the Council conclusions of 18 May 2009 on ‘Support to democratic governance: towards an enhanced EU framework’,

–   having regard to its resolution of 22 October 2009 on democracy building in the EU’s external relations(1),

–   having regard to its resolution of 25 April 2002 on the Commission communication entitled ‘The European Union’s role in promoting human rights and democratisation in third countries’ (COM(2001)0252)(2),

–   having regard to Rule 121(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas political parties and freely and fairly elected parliaments are centrally important to each democracy and democratisation process, and whereas support for, and application of the EIDHR has not yet corresponded to the importance of these actors in the past,


B.  whereas there is the need to strengthen the organisation of political parties, particularly those that promote democratic values, without taking sides,


C. whereas the support for new, freely and fairly elected parliaments, especially in countries in transition and those to which the EU has sent election observation missions is of utmost importance,


1.  Addresses the following recommendations to the Council:

(a) to consider that the European Union needs a more flexible and less bureaucratic instrument to assist political actors striving for democratic change in their countries,

(b) to envisage the establishment of an EED as a non-profit, grant-making organisation created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world,

(c) to present a clear demarcation of the competences of a future EED elaborated by the EEAS, the Commission and the Polish presidency,


(d) to respect the right of scrutiny for the European Parliament in the process of setting up the possible future EED, in the determination of annual objectives, priorities, expected results and financial allocations in broad terms;

2.  Instructs its President to forward this recommendation to the Council and, for information, to the Commission.


OJ C 265E, 30.9.2010, p. 3.


OJ C 131E, 5.6.2003, p. 147.

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