Cross-sector coordination


Cross-sector coordination means that different departments and agencies (usually within one member state) coordinate their planning, implementation and monitoring of fundamental rights. This coordination cuts across departments whose competences and tasks are often more specifically and narrowly defined (horizontal coordination). The responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil fundamental rights is shared between different sectors. However, without inter-departmental coordination, there is a clear risk that fundamental rights issues, which commonly require such coordination, are neglected.