On 20 July 2017, the Eastern European Neighbourhood (EEN) office of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) became an independent, locally owned and locally rooted NGO called the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD).

The transition of the NIMD EEN country office into the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) reflects a shared aim to strengthen and sustain locally rooted organizations to implement democratization programmes independently and with greater autonomy. Local identity and ownership will allow the new organization to diversify both its funding base and its programmatic portfolio and become more flexible in responding to the needs in its field and the area of work.

To reflect the changing relationship and to express their continued commitment to pursuing their shared goals and joint programmes, NIMD and EEN reiterated their partnership through a written contract based on shared principles and agreements.

The GPMD congratulates the EECMD and NIMD on this achievement, and welcomes the EECMD as its newest member.