On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.
State of play of EU’s external action and future outlook, as the world asks for more EU’s presence, were in the focus of the first day of 2019 EU Ambassadors Conference opened by High Representative Mogherini