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The implementation of fundamental rights needs strong coordination. To be effective, coordination mechanisms must involve different sectors and government departments as well as multiple government levels from local to national.

At the core of all joined-up approaches lies coordination – as a tool for effective planning, implementation and monitoring. It brings a number of benefits with specific relevance for fundamental rights:

  • making access to fundamental rights seamless for the individual and society;
  • eliminating situations where policies undermine one another;
  • using resources better;
  • creating synergies through partnerships between stakeholders from different levels and organisations;
  • helping mainstream fundamental rights concerns across all policy areas.

If the tasks of each sector or level are treated as being disconnected from one another, then there is a risk that some individuals, and/or some rights, end up outside anyone’s responsibility – opening up a gap between rights on paper and rights on the ground. This section shows how to avoid this gap by offering tools and mechanisms that enhance coordination of fundamental rights activities and practices across different sectors and different levels of government from local to national.

Coordination activities must take into account the different spheres of governance that interact with fundamental rights. This is an essential element when developing a joined-up approach to fundamental rights implementation. It involves coordinating with: