Enhancing democracy and fighting poverty: European Commission commits to further support civil society in partner countries.
In a new Communication on "The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe's engagement with Civil Society in external relations", the European Commission announces it will engage further and will provide more support to civil society organisations (CSOs) in its partner countries. The Commission recognises that Civil Society organisations can be efficient independent development actors. It commits to promote a more conducive environment for civil society organisations, so that they can fully play their role in the delivery of social services, transparency and good governance advocacy, and contribute to policy making.
On 6 April 2016, the EU Delegation and the EU Member States launched the EU Roadmap for Engagement with the Civil Society in Bangladesh. Mr Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General of the EU External Action Service (EEAS), who was leading a high-level mission to Bangladesh at that time, attended the launching event.
The event was also attended by the EU Head of Missions, high officials of Government of Bangladesh, civil society leaders, representatives from think tank and international NGOs. The Roadmap was launched in connection with the European Commission Communication titled "The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe's engagement with Civil Society in external relations," which aimed at strengthening Europe's engagement with civil society globally as well as in partner countries.