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The project aims to strengthen the role of NHRIs in the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at the national level. The project will support NHRIs in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia – which are also EEA and Norway Grants beneficiary states – to make active use of the EU Charter in their work. The following NHRIs are taking part in the project:
FRA’s 2020 report Strong and effective national human rights institutions – challenges, promising practices and opportunities demonstrated the potential to further strengthen NHRIs in the EU. FRA has developed this project to put into practice some of the report’s opinions. It draws on the expertise of ENNHRI regarding rule of law monitoring by NHRIs.
This is in line with the Council of Europe’s Recommendation to strengthen NHRIs. It reinforces the role of NHRIs in enhancing the application of the EU Charter (see the 2020 EU Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter), the EU’s rule of law mechanisms, as well as the Charter-compliant use of EU funds (see Regulation 2021/1060, the ‘Common Provisions Regulation on 8 EU Funds’).
The project will support the NHRIs in developing and implementing activities to promote the application of the EU Charter nationally. It will strengthen their staff knowledge about the EU Charter, their capacity to monitor fundamental rights and fundamental rights aspects of the rule of law. The latter will build on ENNHRI’s methodology of the rule of law reporting. While NHRIs will be able to draw on the wealth of national data collected by FRA, this project will particularly make use of FRA’s expertise on the EU Charter and existing training material such as FRA’s e-learning EU Charter tool.
The project will include promotional events. Lessons from the project will be shared across the EU, through the network of NHRIs and other stakeholders. Planned project outputs include methodologies, toolkits on the EU Charter, capacity building events and reports about the application of the EU Charter and the human rights structures in the partner countries. The project will run until the end of February 2024.