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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a financing instrument for the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide. COM (2011) 844 final, 7 December 2011

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 7.12.2011 COM(2011) 844 final 2011/0412 (COD) Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL establishing a financing instrument for the promotion of democracy and human rights worldwide {SEC(2011) 1478 final} {SEC(2011) 1479 final} EN 2 EN EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM 1. CONTEXT OF THE PROPOSAL The European Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights (Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union). Furthermore, as also provided in the Treaty, the Union's action on the international scene “shall be guided by the principles which have inspired its own creation, development and enlargement, and which it seeks to advance in the wider world: democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.” (Article 21). Therefore, the promotion of democracy and human rights is an essential aspect of the EU’s external action. In promoting human rights and democracy worldwide, the EU is using a wide range of measures, from political dialogue and diplomatic initiatives to financial and technical cooperation and assistance. The Regulation on establishing a European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)1 constitutes a corner stone of this political strategy and is a unique and visible expression of the EU’s strong commitment to democracy and human rights. The instrument has generated genuine results and numerous success stories, providing support to civil society and human rights institutions worldwide as well as election observation. Due to its independence from Government consent and its flexibility, the EIDHR represents a key added value to the EU’ policy toolbox. The general objec

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