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European Endowment for Democracy

European Endowment for Democracy EED

Implanté depuis 2013

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The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and EU member states as an autonomous International Trust Fund to foster democracy in the European Neighbourhood (Eastern Partnership – EaP – and Middle East and North Africa – MENA), the Western Balkans, Turkey and beyond.

EED supports civil society organisations, pro-democracy movements, civic and political activists, and independent media platforms and journalists working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system. These can also include newly created or non-registered organisations, informal platforms, youth groups and individuals. In particular, EED supports those who cannot be supported by other donors and existing EU instruments. Support is contingent on adherence to democratic values, respect for human rights and observance of principles of non-violence.

Our story

Democracy and human rights are core values of the European Union (EU) and vital elements for ensuring long-term stability both inside and outside its borders. Democracy support has always been a pivotal element of EU’s external policies, with support for democratisation processes in non-EU states traditionally channelled through instruments like the European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR), the Instrument for Stability, and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).

The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) was established in 2013 by the EU and EU member states as an independent, complementary mechanism for providing fast and flexible technical and financial support to democratisation and human rights promotion in the European Neighbourhood.


EED provides flexible support to democracy activists, complementing other EU and EU member state democracy support programmes. EED is demand-driven and responds to the needs of local democracy actors, who may not be able to obtain funding otherwise.

Mission Statement of the European Endowment for Democracy

European and independent
The European Endowment for Democracy has been created to promote the values of freedom and democracy in the European Neighbourhood and beyond. A joint effort of the European States and European Union institutions, the European Endowment for Democracy remains an independent private law foundation with its seat in Brussels.

Fostering – not imposing – democracy and freedom

The European Endowment for Democracy will advance and encourage “deep and sustainable democracy” in transition countries and in societies struggling for democratisation, with initial, although not exclusive focus, on the European Neighbourhood.
Democracy and freedom cannot be imposed from outside. National ownership is indispensible to ignite the engine of change and ensure sustainable and inclusive democratisation process.
The European Endowment for Democracy stands ready to assist the democratic change in the spirit of solidarity and partnership.

Supporting the unsupported
The European Endowment for Democracy will assist: pro-democratic civil society organisations, movements and individual activists acting in favour of a pluralistic multiparty system regardless of their size or formal status. The EED will also provide assistance to young leaders, independent media and journalists, provided that all the beneficiaries adhere to core democratic values and human rights as well as subscribe to principles of non-violence.
Women rights organisations and female activists will be among the recipients of support and gender perspective will be mainstreamed in all decisions and EED-funded actions.

Complementarity and added value
The European Endowment for Democracy will operate in the most flexible and effective manner reflecting the situation, the specific context and the needs of its beneficiaries.
It will engage in regular consultations with relevant EU institutions and other actors in order to avoid duplication and ensure synergy, complementarity and added-value to EU instruments and Member States bilateral activities.
The EED shall draw on the experience of democratic transition in the Member States of the EU

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