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EED Presentation at the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights (DROI)

26 September 2019

On Wednesday 25th September, EED Executive Director, Jerzy Pomianowski, addressed newly-elected members of the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights (DROI) in the presence of the Committee Vice-chair, Irina von Wiese.

On Wednesday 5th September, EED Executive Director, Jerzy Pomianowski, addressed newly-elected members of the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights (DROI) in the presence of the Committee Vice-chair, Irina von Wiese.

In his intervention, Pomianowski detailed some of EED’s projects noting that “A significant part of our support goes to dedicated human rights activists and about 10% of our grants are directly related to human rights activism and monitoring.” 

As part of this work, Pomianowski highlighted that EED’s approach towards funding civic and human rights activism allows them to support ‘unconventional’ and ‘innovative’ initiatives - particularly in countries with repressive environments where traditional donors have difficulties to operate.

“We don’t have deadlines and we provide fast support.There’s an emergency procedure that allows us to confirm funding within days of receiving an application, if there is an urgent need.”

Adding that, EED aims to ‘complement’ the work of other funders and ‘support the unsupported’.

EED’s Board of Governors, which consists of all EU Member states as well as nine Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), will soon appoint nine newly-elected MEPs. Pomianowski encouraged MEPs who are engaged on the democracy and human rights agenda to consider proposing themselves as candidates to become members of EED’s board.

In his concluding remarks, he said “We keep being impressed and humbled by the commitment, courage and endless energy democracy activists and human rights defenders continue to show despite all the challenges they face. We look forward to continue working with you in a joint effort to support these activists and human rights defenders.”

 

 

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