Summary: Bolivia: EU Commission releases €1m to support democratic governance (1 December 2005: Brussels)
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The European Commission will provide €1 million, under its Rapid Reaction Mechanism, to give urgent support to key actions in favour of democratic governance in Bolivia. In view of the challenges facing Bolivia in the run-up to the December elections and in order to support and strengthen democratic institutions in the post-electoral period, the Commission will support a number of measures to assist Bolivian efforts to consolidate national stability.
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy said: “The European Commission is pleased to demonstrate through this package the strong backing of the European Union for President Rodríguez and for the Bolivian people as they prepare for the elections which will take place on 18 December. I trust that all sides will participate actively and constructively in this important milestone in Bolivian democracy and I hope that all Bolivians will be able to respect the result and work together to tackle the important challenges of institutional and constitutional reform.”
The coming months will be critical to the development of Bolivian democracy and EU support can contribute significantly to preserving and strengthening Bolivia´s democratic institutions. A group of urgent and critical short-term actions has therefore been identified by the Commission for early implementation. The aims of the assistance, to be implemented through a number of partners such as local and international NGOs and international organisations, include: