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European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome/Brussels , 29.11.2019, 09:55 Uhr
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Rome/Brussels [ENA] Human Rights and democracy are vital areas of EU co-operation, and activities in this sector are supported through a number of instruments. European Union (EU) is established on the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is one of the instruments utilized for EU co-operation and was established by Regulation (EU)

No.235/2014 adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 11 March 2014 for the period 2014-2020. EIDHR EIDHR is a financing instrument for democracy and human rights worldwide through support to civil society initiatives.This instrument is designed to support civil society to become an effective force for political reform and defence of human rights. It enhances both geographical programmes that focus on public institution-building as well as other thematic programmes, such as the CSO-LA programme. The EIDHR is also global in scope, operating at national, regional and international levels and supports actions carried out in third countries outside the European Union, throughout the world. The EIDHR provides independence of action,

which is a critical feature of cooperation with civil society organisation at national level, especially in the sensitive areas of democracy and human rights. It provides great flexibility and a greater capacity to respond changing circumstances or to support innovation. EuropeAid has published on 28 of November the global tender for the program European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) to support civil society in protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world intended use 18 million euro. The competition consists of three specific lots: Business and Human Rights (5 million), fight against torture and ill-treatment (8 million) and Democratic Accountability (5 million).

The maximum co-financing by the EU will be 95% for with contributions ranging between 700,000 and 1,500,000 Euros for the project. The deadline for the submission of concept notes is set for the next January 9, 2020 and in the middle of the Christmas holiday period. This call for proposals has three lots:Lot 1 – Business and human rights The EU has a strong interest to improve implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) worldwide to enhance the level playing field for its companies, ensure a better prevention of abuses connected to business activities and access to remedy when abuses occur. This focus is strongly linked to other important policies of the EU such as those related to the implementation

of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). It is also a key priority of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2014-2019. In addition, as the role of the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and as a key player in the EU’s development cooperation increases, we must address any potential adverse risks on human rights. Lot 2 – Fight against torture and other Ill-treatment Torture and other ill-treatment are among the most abhorrent violations of human rights, human integrity and human dignity. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or

degrading treatment or punishment provide the general framework for the EIDHR support in this area. For the purpose of this call for proposals, torture and ill treatment mean any act as defined under international human rights norms and standards and existing jurisprudence. Lot 3 – Democratic Accountability Accountability, transparency and access to information are essential for good governance, the bedrock of peaceful, resilient societies. Participatory democracy and improved oversight reduces corruption and improves public service delivery, whilst incentivising public officials to work in the public interest. Accountability, transparency have a positive impact on social cohesion, conflict prevention and the protection of minorities, and

puts the rights based approach at the forefront of government actions. The New European Consensus on Development aligns EU policies and actions to the objectives of the 2030 agenda and stresses that good governance, democracy and rule of law are vital to sustainable development. This call follows up on the EU commitment to support initiatives to tackle corruption and introduce more transparency in public funding and the delivery of public services.

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