ENoP joint statement on NDICI October 2020

ENoP joint statement on NDICI October 2020

In view of the next round of negotiations between the EU institutions on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, ENoP together with 7 civil society organisations and networks, have signed a joint statement, calling on EU Member States and the European Parliament to reverse cuts to the NDICI and to reinforce the humanitarian aid budget in the EU budget talks. 

The undersigned organisations and networks call on EU Member States and the European Parliament to:

  • Reverse the cuts to the NDICI by bringing it back to the EC’s 2018 proposal of €78.994 billion in 2018 prices;
  • Reinforce the humanitarian aid budget;  
  • Increase substantially the funding for the thematic and rapid response actions pillars of the NDICI by reducing the allocation to the “emerging challenges and priorities cushion”. More specifically, the thematic pillar should be  increased to at least 11.49% of the NDICI budget, while the rapid response pillar should be increased to at least 3.76% of the NDICI budget.
The statement is undersigned by:
ENoP Statement on EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy July 2020

ENoP Statement on EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy July 2020

The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) welcomes the Joint Communication of the European Commission and High Representative to the Council on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024.
With the adoption of the Council Conclusions on Democracy in October 2019, the European Union delivered a strong political message about its ambitions for democracy in external relations.
We therefore believe that the new EU Action Plan should operationalise these ambitions both by emphasizing democracy and human rights equally in the document and by including the relevant civic and political actors in the process of implementation.
Our statement highlights these important issues and provides concrete recommendations to the implementation of the Action Plan.


The European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) welcomes the positions and contributions of the Council and Parliament on the Conference on the Future of Europe, and encourages next steps towards the adoption of a Joint Declaration with the European Commission that will define the concept, structure and scope of the Conference.
With this statement, we would like to share 10 Recommendations that we consider fundamental for the success of the Initiative. We see the Conference as a remarkable opportunity to engage European citizens in an inclusive dialogue about Europe, our core values of democracy, solidarity, tolerance and our common future.
A Call to Defend Democracy

A Call to Defend Democracy

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the lives and the livelihoods of people throughout the world. It is also a political crisis that threatens the future of liberal democracy.

Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip. But even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints, parliamentary oversight, or timeframes for the restoration of constitutional order. Parliaments are being sidelined, journalists are being arrested and harassed, minorities are being scapegoated, and the most vulnerable sectors of the population face alarming new dangers as the economic lockdowns ravage the very fabric of societies everywhere.

Repression will not help to control the pandemic. Silencing free speech, jailing peaceful dissenters, suppressing legislative oversight, and indefinitely canceling elections all do nothing to protect public health. On the contrary, these assaults on freedom, transparency, and democracy will make it more difficult for societies to respond quickly and effectively to the crisis through both government and civic action.

It is not a coincidence that the current pandemic began in a country where the free flow of information is stifled and where the government punished those warning about the dangers of the virus—warnings that were seen as spreading rumors harmful to the prestige of the state. When voices of responsible citizens are suppressed, the results can be deadly, not for just one country but for the entire world.

Democracy is not just a cherished ideal. It is the system of government best suited to addressing a crisis of the magnitude and complexity of COVID-19. In contrast to the self-serving claims of authoritarian propaganda, credible and free flows of information, fact-based debate about policy options, the voluntary self-organization of civil society, and open engagement between government and society are all vital assets in combating the pandemic. And they are all key elements of liberal democracy.

It is only through democracy that societies can build the social trust that enables them to persevere in a crisis, maintain national resilience in the face of hardship, heal deep societal divisions through inclusive participation and dialogue, and retain confidence that sacrifice will be shared and the rights of all citizens respected.

It is only through democracy that independent civil society, including women and young people, can be empowered to partner with public institutions, to assist in the delivery of services, to help citizens stay informed and engaged, and to bolster social morale and a sense of common purpose.

It is only though democracy that free media can play their role of informing people so that they can make sound personal and family decisions, scrutinize government and public institutions, and counter disinformation that seeks to tear societies apart.

It is only through democracy that society can strike a sustainable balance between competing needs and priorities – between combating the spread of the virus and protecting economic security; and between implementing an effective response to the crisis and protecting people’s civil and political rights in accordance with constitutional norms and guarantees.

It is only in democracies that the rule of law can protect individual liberties from state intrusion and constraint well beyond what is necessary to contain a pandemic.

It is only in democracies that systems of public accountability can monitor and circumscribe emergency government powers, and terminate them when they are no longer needed.

It is only in democracies that government data on the scope and health-impact of the pandemic can be believed.

Democracy does not guarantee competent leadership and effective governance. While democracies predominate among the countries that have acted most effectively to contain the virus, other democracies have functioned poorly in responding to the pandemic and have paid a very high price in human life and economic security. Democracies that perform poorly further weaken society and create openings for authoritarians.

But the greatest strength of democracy is its capacity for self-correction. The COVID-19 crisis is an alarming wake-up call, an urgent warning that the freedoms we cherish are at risk and that we must not take them for granted. Through democracy, citizens and their elected leaders can learn and grow. Never has it been more important for them to do that.

The current pandemic represents a formidable global challenge to democracy. Authoritarians around the world see the COVID-19 crisis as a new political battleground in their fight to stigmatize democracy as feeble and reverse its dramatic gains of the past few decades. Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it. At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere.

The European Network of Political Foundations is honored to be among the signatories of the ‘Call to Defend Democracy’ open letter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find the full list of signatories here.