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On the occasion of the operational start of the European Endowment for Democracy, Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov said:

11 January 2013 News

“Bulgaria welcomes the start of work of the European Endowment for Democracy, which was set up in Brussels and which we consider to be also our success.

Bulgaria is among the Member States that has actively supported the initiative since its launch in 2011 and stands ready to participate jointly in the Fund. Its establishment as a nonprofit foundation is a response to the clear need that has emerged in recent years to provide timely and flexible support from the EU for the process of change and democratic reform in many countries of Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Member States and the main EU institutions are committed to this new mechanism, based on voluntary contributions, to help civil society in countries in transition. As a country which itself has traversed this path, Bulgaria will have an important role in the work of the EED, with our experience in transition, the lessons both positive and hard-learned.

I would like to welcome the appointment of Jerzy Pomianowski, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and an experienced diplomat, as the Executive Director of the Fund, and who has our full support.”


The first meeting of the board of the governors of the EED was held on January 10 2013. Participants included the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and European Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle. The board includes representatives of all Member States, of the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and civil society. Participating on behalf of Bulgaria was the Director-General of Global Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and member of the board of the Fund, Emil Yalnuzov.

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