•The European Parliament asked the Commission to create a new fund to support human rights groups in the EU. The Commission has failed to deliver. We compare what the Parliament asked for to what the Commission gave it.
•The idea of a new fund for rights and democracy groups inside the EU is gaining ground. If the EU doesn't want to see more elected autocracies like Hungary's Fidesz, it will prove essential.
New Policy Paper: Using the EU's Budget to Protect Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights•As the EU begins talks on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, Liberties outlines two proposals on how to safeguard European values through the EU's budget. A model for conditionality of European funds and one for a new fund to support pro-EU NGOs.