2012 Strategic Framework for Human Rights and Democracy and 2012-2014 Action Plan on Human Rights on Democracy
On 25 June 2012 the FAC adopted the Strategic Framework for Human Rights and Democracy and a first Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for the years 2012-2014. The Council also welcomed the appointment of Mr Stavros Lambrinidis as the EU Special Representative for Human Rights.
Since its adoption in 2012, the Strategic Framework and Action Plan has been implemented and notable achievements include adoption of new EU guidelines on human rights. The EU also continues to enhance the effectiveness of bilateral human rights and democracy work, successfully promote action at the multilateral level, and improve the mainstreaming of human rights across the EU's external action. The EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis contributes to the effectiveness, coherence and visibility of EU human rights policy. The EU also designates Focal Points for Democracy and Human rights related matters in its Delegations abroad, responsible for dealing with Democracy and Human Rights issues in their countries including contact with and support to local civil society organisations.