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Pavol Demeš elected to the EED Board of Governors

Pavol Demeš elected to the EED Board of Governors

20.11.2012 | Slovensko a Európska únia

At the election held in the framework of the first meeting of the European Endowment for Democracy Board of Governors on 13 November 2012, Mr Pavol Demeš, candidate proposed by the Slovak Republic was elected as member of the Board for one of the three positions reserved for civil society representatives. Out of ten submitted candidatures proposed by other EU Member States and Members of the European Parliament, the Slovak candidate received the highest number of votes at the first round of election. Ms Sandra Breka, candidate proposed by members of the European Parliament and Ms Lisbeth Pilegaard, candidate proposed by Denmark became members of the Board for civil society as well.

The EED is a new structure, autonomous from the EU, governed by its own Statute and governing bodies. Its objective is to provide quick and flexible financial support to main pro-democratic movements struggling for democratic reforms in third countries. The EED will be funded by voluntary contributions from Member States and other stakeholders. The initial EED’s geographical focus will be, although not exclusively, on the European Neighbourhood. The European Commission allocated 6 million EUR to ensure the swift launch of the EED functioning. As a starting point, the EED will have approximately 15 million EUR available. The Slovak Republic provided to the EED voluntary contribution of 60,000EUR.