Demeš Elected to Board of Newly Created European Endowment for Democracy
November 28, 2012 / Pavol Demeš
BRUSSELS--Pavol Demeš, a senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), was appointed as a board member of the newly founded European Endowment for Democracy (EED).
Demeš, a prominent figure in the civil society sector, was elected as a member of the board for one of the three positions reserved for civil society representatives. He will be joined by Sandra Breka of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Lisbeth Pilegaard of the Danish Center for Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity.
“We are delighted that Pavol and his longstanding work and commitment to democracy and civil society have been recognized by this election to the Board of this important new European democracy assistance institution,” said Ivan Vejvoda, GMF’s vice president of programs.
The EED is a new structure, autonomous from the EU, governed by its own statute and governing bodies. Its objective is to provide quick and flexible financial support to main pro-democratic movements struggling for democratic reforms in third countries. The EED will be funded by voluntary contributions from member states and other stakeholders. The initial EED’s geographical focus will be, although not exclusively, on the European Neighbourhood. The European Commission allocated 6 million EUR to ensure the swift launch of the EED functioning. As a starting point, the EED will have approximately 15 million EUR available.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.
In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.