In July 2011, leaders participating in the Vilnius Ministerial of the Community of Democracies announced the creation of the Democracy Partnership Challenge to support countries in the midst of promising democratic transitions. Tunisia and Moldova were selected as the first two countries to participate in the initiative based on their commitment to consolidating democratic gains, their potential for future progress, and the strength of their applications. Two task forces are being established to channel resources and expertise to the priorities that have been designated by Tunisia and Moldova. Each Community of Democracies Task Force is co-chaired by a long-established democracy and a country that has recently come through the transition process – the Netherlands and the Slovak Republic co-chair the Tunisia Task Force; the Moldova Task Force is co-chaired by the United States and Poland.
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