CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development representing over 1.800 NGOs in all 28 EU Member States – would like to share with you some initial inputs for the review process of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy that will expire at the end of this year.

CONCORD believes it is key that the review contributes to a new ambitious EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, which sets forth a coherent framework with clear benchmarks for monitoring and accountability. EU Member States were identified by the current action plan as one of the key actors for its implementation, and CONCORD supports their further involvement by ensuring a prominent role in the successor of this Action Plan. The new Action Plan should foster a joined up approach, make use of clear coordination mechanisms and should be backed up by the necessary human and financial resources to take the actions forward and monitor and evaluate progress. Civil society organisations should keep on playing a key role in shaping EU action outside its borders; and we urge the EU to put in place an inclusive, transparent process leading up to the adoption of the future Action Plan as well as throughout its implementation. CONCORD looks forward to contributing further to these following steps of this important process.
In the text below, the text in Italic each time refers to the relevant action formulated in the 2012-2014 EU Action Plan on Human Rights, followed by an assessment and recommendations forward.