European Endowment for Democracy (EED) Executive Director Jerzy Pomianowski presented the 2019 EED Annual Report to the Political and Security Committee of the EU Council on 25 June.
During his address, Pomianowski stated that this annual report presents the work of EED and its partners during 2019. The report is structured around the eight thematic areas of EED’s work namely: Anti-corruption and public accountability; Independent and social media platforms; Civic activism and participation; Human rights activism and monitoring; Women’s civic and political participation; Inclusive society, sexual orientation and gender identity; Arts and culture; and Youth.
Pomianowski outlined the challenges faced to global democracy at this time and he also spoke of the challenges faced by democracy activists during the Covid-19 pandemic, outlining that EED as a flexible organisation, has quickly adapted to changing needs and the realities of our partners. During this period, EED has provided important support to independent media throughout the European neighbourhood as well as to civil activists directly responding to the health crisis and monitoring the state response.
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union 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, and beyond.