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FRA Symposium: Promoting the rule of law in the EU
Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Prior to taking this position in June 2008, Mr Kjaeurm worked on Human Rights for 25 years.
Appointed Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People in the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence on 10th March 2011. Minister Lynch was elected to Cork Corporation in 1985 and first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1994.
Member of the European Parliament (Independent/European Greens), Portuguese historian and columnist. He works in the areas of Civil Freedoms, Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights, Culture, and economic affairs.
Head of the unit "General justice policies and judicial systems" in the Directorate General for Justice.
The symposium will examine two themes in particular:
- Key fundamental rights elements of the rule of law, including appropriate operational indicators;
- Existing experiences in evaluation and ’measuring‘ the rule of law.
These themes are approached with the following objectives in mind:
- To provide a forum for discussing the rule of law in the EU, ensuring a strong fundamental rights perspective;
- To allow the exchange of ideas between academia, monitoring bodies and policy makers;
- To explore ideas related to promoting the rule of law.
The need for a reflection on the promotion of the rule of law in the EU was already put forward in 2009 by the Dutch Minister of Justice. This need has since been reinforced by other Member States, by the European Commission (President Barroso "State of the Union 2012 Address"), by the European Parliament and the present Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. There are strong arguments for an enhanced focus on the rule of law for the protection of rights of people living in the EU; for economic growth (rule of law as an incentive for investment and trade); for freedom of movement (to create a common area of justice which works in a similar way); for internal-external cohesion (ensuring what is promoted in third countries also happens ‘at home’); and to identify and promote best practices.
A stronger focus on the rule of law would also address the dilemma with the Copenhagen criteria: while there are strict requirements for future EU Member States, there is less leverage on members to make improvements once they have joined the EU.
Discussion will take into account the outcomes of the seminar organised by the Irish Presidency and the FRA on 9-10 May 2013, entitled ”A Europe of equal citizens: equality, fundamental rights, and the rule of law”.
The event will gather around 70 key experts from across Europe to discuss rule of law indicators from a fundamental rights perspective, including:
- European Commission (DG JUST, DG ELARG)
- Irish Presidency
- Members of the FREMP Working Group of the Council of the EU
- European Parliament (LIBE)
- EU Member States representatives
- Council of Europe, OSCE (ODIHR)
Participation is upon invitation only.
Welcome drink at FRA
at Restaurant Arco, Marokkanergasse 3, Vienna
Friday, 7 JuneWorkshops
|08.15 – 09.00||
Registration and welcome coffee
|Plenary moderation provided by Friso Roscam Abbing, FRA Head of Communication department.|
|09.00 – 09.10||
Welcome by Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director
|09.10 - 09.25||Keynote speech by Katheleen Lynch, Irish Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence|
|09.25 - 10.00||
Presentations by keynote speakers:
|10.00 – 10.30||
Q & A session
|10.30 - 13.00||
3 parallel working groups
- Rule of law, justice and fundamental rights requirements within the European Union
- Basis for monitoring the rule of law in the European Union
Moderator: Jonas Grimheden, FRA Head of Sector ‘Access to Justice’
Rapporteur: Constance Grewe, Professor emeritus of Public law, University of Strasbourg and Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Links between the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights
- What indicators could best measure the rule of law?
Moderator: Joanna Goodey, FRA Head of Freedoms and Justice Department
Rapporteur: Deaglán Ó Briain, Irish Presidency, Chair of the Working Party of the Council of the EU on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP)
- How can existing mechanisms be used?
- How to develop synergy and refinement between existing mechanisms?
Moderator: Martin Gramatikov, Senior Justice Sector Advisor at HiiL The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law
Rapporteur: Tatiana Termacic, Head of Support to Human Rights National Implementation Unit, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe
|13.00 - 14.00||Lunch|
|14.00 - 15.50||
|15.50 - 16.00||
Concluding remarks by Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director
|16.00 - 16.30||
There will be simultaneous interpretation English-French.
The Minister of State is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People. Minister Lynch is leading a fundamental Mental Health Reform Programme in Ireland (Vision for Change).
- European Commission press release: EU Justice Scoreboard: European Commission broadens the scope of its analysis of Member States' justice systems (27/03/2013)
- Council conclusions on fundamental rights and rule of law and on the Commission 2012 Report on the Application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union adopted on 6th June 2013 by the JHA Council. (06/06/2013)
- Speech by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner: Safeguarding the rule of law and solving the "Copenhagen dilemma": Towards a new EU-mechanism (22/04/2013)
- Speech by Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs: The rise of right-wing extremism in Europe (27/05/2013)
- Speech by Morten Kjaeurm, FRA Director: Innocent figures: why we need more facts - Address at conference on Right-wing Extremism and Hate Crime. (14/05/2013)
- Concept paper on “Measuring the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights” (pdf 341.24 KB) developed by HiiL Innovating Justice in consultation with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). HiiL is an independent research and advisory institute devoted to promoting a deeper understanding and more transparent and effective implementation of justice and the rule of law, worldwide.
- Conference: "A Europe of Equal Citizens: Equality, Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law". EU Presidency conference focused on the protection of equality, human rights and the rule of law: the conference reflects a commitment by Irish Minister Shatter to use the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to promote discussion and debate on the protection of fundamental rights and the promotion of the Rule of Law in Europe.
- Directorate of Monitoring, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe: Practical impact of the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms in improving respect for human rights and the rule of law in member states.
- FRA Publication: FRA Symposium report - Using indicators to measure fundamental rights in the EU: challenges and solutions. (July 2011)
- FRA Publication: Bringing rights to life: The fundamental rights landscape of the European Union. Focus section of the FRA’s Annual Report 2011 dedicated to the overall fundamental rights structure within the EU. (June 2012)
Due to the limited capacity of the venue, participation is upon invitation only.
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