The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament, has voted in favour of a €1.83 billion fund aimed at the protection of the rule of law and the promotion of democracy.
The budget will support the Rights and Values Programme which is projected to run between 2021 and 2027.
The sum is €642 million more than originally presented by the European Commission.
The funds will be used to pay for awareness campaigns focused on spreading understanding about European core values and responsibilities and rights attached to European citizenship. It is also expected that the campaign will explore a whole range of issues connected to populism, freedom of speech, as well as the causes of totalitarian regimes and their victims.
MEP Roberta Metsola said that she welcomed the decision and the funds which will be used to support democracy in the EU.
“This is excellent news for civil society and NGOs in Malta, Gozo and the rest of the EU, who we want to be able to tap into the funds in order to help raise awareness of the fundamentals of democracy and to strengthen the rule of law in Member States. Any healthy democracy needs a strong civil society and these funds will help greatly”, she said.