Close working ties with Anna Lindh Foundation
The Commissioner outlined the modalities of a deeper and closer working partnership with the Anna Lindh Foundation on 22 November. The initiative aims to revitalize civil societies in the Southern Mediterranean and to improve their capacities in democratic transition efforts. The Commissioner is launching a new three-year joint programme with the Foundation to run concurrently with the present EU-Anna Lindh operational mandate. The EU is already the leading donor of the Foundation with almost €20 million funding provided since the Foundation's inception in 2005.
“As the European Union faces up to the new political realities in the region we need partners such as the Foundation now more than ever, as we attempt to help the evolving and transforming societies in their legitimate struggles for reform and democracy. Our objectives for the region are similar to those of the Foundation. We need consistency, clarity and coherence in our actions with partners to achieve those objectives.
For the past six years, we have supported the Anna Lindh Foundation financially and politically in their work, and the region’s populations have enjoyed the returns on those investments. Today I am delighted to announce that we now intend to deepen that support through the launching of a new 3-year programme, to be managed by the Foundation, aimed at mobilising and revitalising civil societies in the southern Mediterranean countries and improving their capacity for participating in democratic transitions”.
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