Brussels, 3 July 2023 (TDI): The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) commemorates a decade of supporting democracy in the European neighborhood, as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

Over the past years, the EED has played a crucial role in advancing democratic principles through its unwavering support for human rights defenders, civil society organizations, and journalists across the region.

As the EED marks this significant milestone, it provides an opportunity to reflect on its accomplishments and chart a path forward to strengthen partnerships in the pursuit of democracy.

Since its inception, the EED has been instrumental in fostering democratic values and practices in the European neighborhood.

Through its initiatives, the organization has supported numerous projects aimed at promoting human rights, good governance, and the rule of law.

By empowering local actors and grassroots organizations, the EED has helped create spaces for dialogue, participation, and citizen engagement in countries across the region.

As the EED enters its second decade, it is committed to building on its successes and expanding its impact.

The organization recognizes the challenges that lie ahead and acknowledges the evolving nature of democracy in the European neighborhood.

Moreover, by adapting to the changing political and social landscape, the EED seeks to remain at the forefront of supporting democratic processes and defending fundamental rights.

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The 10-year anniversary serves as a catalyst to strengthen partnerships with local actors, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders. The EED aims to foster collaboration and create synergies to enhance the effectiveness of its interventions.

By working together, these collective efforts can contribute to the consolidation of democratic institutions, the protection of human rights, and the promotion of inclusive societies.

Looking towards the future, the EED reaffirms its commitment to supporting democracy and democratic reforms in the European neighborhood. It recognizes the vital role that civil society and independent media play in upholding democratic values and ensuring accountability.

By investing in these areas, the EED strives to create an enabling environment for democracy to flourish, where citizens can freely express their opinions, participate in decision-making processes, and hold their governments accountable.