The Action Plan is a five-year roadmap setting the priorities of the EU and a strong signal about the political commitment of the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, the European Commission and the EU Member States to defend EU principles as well as agreed international norms and principles. “EU leadership on human rights and democracy is needed more than ever”, said Borrell.
This Action Plan identifies priorities around five mutually reinforcing lines of action:
Under each strand of action, the Plan sets concrete objectives to:
This Action Plan addresses the new opportunities and challenges of our times, and therefore focuses on some new elements:
To fulfil these goals, the Action Plan can count on many assets, including 1.5 billion euros from the EU budget. The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr. Eamon Gilmore, will guide the implementation of the Plan. The EU will leverage a broad range of policies and instruments, including human rights dialogues, trade policies, electoral observation missions, direct support to human rights defenders. It will count on its network of more than 140 delegations around the world that will work side by side with the embassies of the Member States. The progresses will be closely monitored, including through a mid-term review.
By adopting this plan, not only the EU institutions but also all the Member States have made a clear commitment to join forces and put the support and the promotion of human rights and democracy at the core of their action, including in the global mobilisation to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The Plan aims to protect and empower civil society actors, to promote the right of everyone to have access to infromation, to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health and to curb inequalities by combating poverty and social exclusion, by promoting non-discriminatory access to social services, including quality and affordable health services.
“Defending human rights and democratic principles is a collective exercise, not a unilateral endeavour”, the EU High Representative stressed.
A web streamed launch event of the Action plan will be hosted by Mr Gilmore on Monday 23 November, at 14:30 https://euactionplan.app.rsvpify.com/