Democracy - an introduction
Democracy is under pressure today in many parts of the world, even in its ostensible strongholds. While authoritarian developing states have gained momentum, democratic societies in many EU member states are fighting against a resurgence of populism and right-wing extremism.
In order to protect the democratic values of the European Union and strengthen civil society abroad, the hbs European Union is active in many fields. We work towards the successful implementation and development of EU legal provisions to safeguard minority rights and equality, strengthen the role of citizens in political decision-making processes, and push for the promotion of democratic values in EU foreign and neighbourhood policy.
For more information please contact
Dr. Cornelia HOFFMANN
EU Programmes & Democracy
Tel. +32-2-743 41 01
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European Network of Political foundations (ENoP)
The Heinrich-Böll-Siftung is a founding member of the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP). Since its foundation in 2006, ENoP serves as a communication and dialogue instrument bringing together European political foundations, institutions and civil society actors in the field of democracy support and development cooperation. With more than 60 member foundations in more than 20 countries, it actively promotes democracy across Europe through events on democracy support issues, advocacy and lobbying. Together with local partners, it further implements democracy promotion projects in more than 100 developing and transition countries throughout the world.
Hbs activities inside the network are mainly managed by our EU office in Brussels. ENoP plays a key role in representing the foundation’s interests at the EU institutions in the field of democracy support and related funding instruments. Therefore, in order to ensure that democracy, civil society, equality and the rights of minorities have a strong place in the EU’s policies, hbs is particularly engaged in the network’s working groups EU Funding and Democracy.