The EU should increase the resources to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the Union, including support to civil society organisations working in the field. The Civil Liberties Committee backed on Monday a budget of 1.834 billion euro for the Rights and Values Programme for the period 2021-2027, way over the 642 million proposed by the European Commission. The draft report prepared by Bodil Valero (Greens/EFA, SE) was passed with 25 votes to 6 and 1 abstention. The Programme seeks to promote equality and non-discrimination, encourage citizens engagement and participation in the democratic process, and fight violence. Read more here.