Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024

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Publication Date 25/03/2020
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Joint Communication published by the European Commission and the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 25 March 2020, setting out their strategy and priorities when it comes to Human Rights and Democracy.

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Global leadership on human rights and democracy was identified as a strategic interest both in the Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024 and the European Commission's Political Guidelines. The purpose of this Communication is to put forward a new EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy. It sets out ambitions and priorities for a period of 5 years in this field of external relations and aims to contribute to achieving a stronger role for the European Union across the world. It is the only instrument of its kind aimed at promoting a values-based agenda on the world stage.

Alongside this Communication, a Joint Proposal for a Recommendation to the Council of the European Union that it issues a recommendation to the European Council to take a Decision that would adopt the strategic objectives guiding this Action Plan.

The Council of the European Union adopted on 18 November 2020 a set of conclusions concerning this Action Plan.

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European Commission: Press Release, 25/03/2020: Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world
European Commission: Q&A: The EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy (25 March 2020)
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 19/11/2020: Council approves conclusions on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024

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