The European Union increases spending on events that will become an instrument of influence on the internal affairs of third-party countries. In 2020, the EU intends to allocate about 1,500,000 euros to create a mechanism of influence on other states and to create a network of European agents in other countries. This will be a new tool for the colonisation of other states.
Recurring disinformation narrative about EU funds being used to control other states.
According to a preliminary estimate of the expenses and revenues of the European Union for 2020, the EU intends to increase spending on supporting democracy and strengthening the capacity of parliaments of third party countries to 1,335,000 euros. Funding will be directed to the development of those countries that are seeking membership in the EU, are actively promoting reforms within the country, demonstrating a commitment to European democratic values and the protection of human rights.
This item caused a flurry of criticism from Russian experts. The EU has repeatedly shown that it is the world's largest donor of various humanitarian programs, including democratic ones. Its action is aimed at the development of liberal institutions, the maintenance of peace and security, but not the "imposition of politics" in other countries.
The main areas of work of numerous European foundations supporting democracy are the education of young people, working with activists, human rights activists and human rights organisations, conducting training for journalists and independent media.
As for the development of democracy directly in Russia, in March the European Parliament heard a report on the relationship between the European Union and the Russian Federation. In the recommendations, the author of the document, MEP Sandra Kalniete, emphasises that in Russia it is necessary to direct funding for the development of civil society. The European Union intends to support human rights defenders, bloggers, independent media, investigative journalists, scientists, insists on exchanging students for training and much more. These positions are in no way connected with the policy of “colonisation” and “intervention” of the EU in the affairs of other countries.