The Commission will gradually implement the European Democracy Action plan until 2023 - a year ahead of the elections to the European Parliament. The Commission will then also assess progress made and whether further steps are needed.
The Commission will continue engaging with the European Parliament and the Council as well as with the wide circle of national actors, public and private, beyond government authorities – all key to strengthening the resilience of our democracies.
Democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights are the foundations on which the European Union is based. Democracy is a core European value, and a precondition for EU membership. The EU’s citizens see democracy, human rights and the rule of law as its most important asset.
Democracy cannot be taken for granted – it needs to be actively nurtured and defended.
This European Democracy Action Plan seeks to strengthen the resilience of EU democracies in the face of challenges, addressing the areas in which our systems and citizens are most vulnerable. This work has to be carried out at EU and national level in full respect of the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as in national and international human rights rules.Tags: SLAPP Safety of journalists European policies and legislation