Supporting NHRIs in monitoring fundamental rights aspects of the rule of law


Partners’ Meeting & ENNHRI high-level network meeting: Revisiting our approach to joint work on rule of law

The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in partnership with NHRIs and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) carries out an EEA/Norway grants funded regional project to support NHRIs in monitoring fundamental rights and the fundamental rights aspects of the rule of law. The project aims to strengthen the role of NHRIs in the enforcement of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at the national level, including by broadening their institutional knowledge base and building the capacity of NHRI staff in using the Charter in their work. Implemented in seven NG/EEA Grants beneficiary states – Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Cyprus -the project will also develop the capacity of NHRIs to monitor the Charter compliance in the implementation of EU funds, as foreseen by the Common Provisions Regulation for the EU Funds.  The following National Human Rights Institutions, from the countries listed above are participating in the project: Ombudsman of the Republic of BulgariaOmbudsman of the Republic of CroatiaNational Centre for Human Rights of SlovakiaCommissioner for Human Rights of PolandCommissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman)Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia, and The Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia.

On 25 October 2022, all partners of the project – lead partner: FRA; expertise partner: ENNHRI and seven NHRIs partners met in Sofia in order to take stock of project planning and implementation of activities to strengthen the capacity of NHRIs in monitoring fundamental rights and the rule of law, by increasing their engagement with relevant EU mechanisms that support fundamental rights and the rule of law on a national level. Reaching this goal will be prompted by revisiting methodology of the rule of law reporting as well as through supporting the development of national-level activities that increase impact from NHRIs’ reporting and other roles to promote and protect the rule of law and fundamental rights at national level. 

The project is planning on holding a visibility annual event in early 2023 and will share many learnings from the project. The project outputs range from methodologies, toolkits on the EU Charter, capacity building events and analytical outputs concerning application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, human rights architecture and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights case law.  The project will run until the end of February 2024.  

For more information: Eva Sobotka, Supporting Human rights System Sector, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights


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