European Commission to allocate €5.5m to ‘strengthen democracy’ in Turkey

The European Commission intends to allocate €5.5 million to “strengthen democracy” and “promote human rights” in Turkey.

European Commission to allocate €5.5m to 'strengthen democracy' in Turkey

“The global objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen participatory democracy in Turkey and contribute to the promotion of human and fundamental civil rights by supporting civil society organisations specialising in human rights work,” the document specifies.

Among the initiative’s specific objectives, the European side cited support for civil society organisations working on “the social inclusion of marginalised groups” and the inclusion of young people in “all aspects of public, economic and democratic life.”

The EC is prepared to allocate up to €5.5 million for the work of future contractors, with a minimum of €300,000 and a maximum of €700,000 per grant.

Last year, it was reported that the US State Department intended to allocate funds for implementation of a number of initiatives in Turkey aimed, among other things, at strengthening “democratic values”, as well as at development of relations between Washington and Ankara.

According to experts, such projects involve interference in the internal affairs of the states where they are carried out.

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