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Supporting democracy around the world

Actively supporting the European Union's international efforts to promote democracy and human rights is one of the European Parliament's core responsibilities, set out in in the EU's founding treaties.

This work also benefits EU citizens, whose place at home is strengthened by a fairer, more stable world.
  • The European Parliament's main areas of activity in this domain are the following:

    • reinforcing parliamentary democracy in non-EU countries,
    • supporting the parliaments of the Western Balkans and Turkey,
    • monitoring and following up elections,
    • developing initiatives involving mediation, facilitation and dialogue,
    • focusing on human rights,
    • developing activities connected to Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and its network.

    This European Parliament's democracy support work is guided by the"Comprehensive Democracy Support Approach" (CDSA), which coordinates Parliament's democracy support activities so that they revolve in a coherent manner around the electoral cycles of non-EU countries.

  • All these activities are overseen by the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), which provides political guidance and supervision. The DEG is headed by the chairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development and includes MEPs from across the political spectrum.

Stand with Ukraine

In the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, MEPs demand tougher sanctions on Russia and new efforts to grant Ukraine EU candidate status.

Recently the EP has launched a new official website - Stand with Ukraine, where content is regularly updated in both English and Ukrainian.

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