Human Rights
 

Please note that programme details for the 2021-2027 framework are forthcoming and the information below relates to programmes from the 2014-2020 framework; however, there may currently be open funding calls for this programme.

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European funding covers a variety of human rights issues, including: 

 

  • Combating racism, xenophobia, and intolerance 

  • Disabilities 

  • Migrants and refugees 

  • Older People 

  • Roma & Travellers 

  • LGBT+ 

  • Funding for legal and judiciary projects (victim and criminal rights, privacy, data protection, etc.) 

  • Women’s rights and issues 

  • Gender-based violence 

  • Children's rights. 

 

There are three main programmes dedicated to human rights:  

 

  1. Rights, Equality and Citizenship  - contributes to the further development of an area where equality and the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty, the Charter and international human rights conventions, are promoted and protected. Objectives include tackling discrimination in all forms and promoting equality and the rights of people with disabilities, the rights of children, consumer rights, and rights deriving from Union citizenship. 

 

  1. Justice - contributes to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust, including judicial cooperation in civil and crinimal matters, judicial training, effective access to justice in Europe, and initiatives in the field of drugs policy.  

 

  1. Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund - promotes the efficient management of migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of a common Union approach to asylum and immigration. In Ireland, this fund is managed by the EU Funds section of the Department of Justice 

 

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Current Funding

Justice: Action grants to support transnational projects to enhance the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and the rights of victims of crime


The Justice Programme aims to foster mutual recognition and mutual trust between Member States. It promotes judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, helps train judges and other legal practitioners and facilitates effective access to justice for individuals and businesses throughout Europe. Deadline: 9 September 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The aims of this call are:

  1. to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU criminal law in the area of the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime (procedural rights priority);
  2. to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU criminal law in the area of the rights of victims of crime (victims' rights priority).

The project should cover one or several of the following activities:
analytical activities; mutual learning, exchange of good practices, development of working methods; exchange and provision of information and development of information tools; capacity building for professionals; facilitating cooperation between competent authorities; training activities.

All activities, both at design and implementation stage, shall incorporate a gender perspective. This entails to apply due diligence to gender specific issues in all areas, including but not limited to the communication and exchange of information, collection of data disaggregated by sex, and capacity building of legal professionals on gender equality aspects in cases and legal trials. In relation to victims’ rights, a special focus should be paid to the intersectionality of victimisation.

Background

In the area of criminal justice, there is a need to continue improving the implementation and application in practice of the six EU directives adopted in the field of procedural rights of suspects and accused persons, namely Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation, Directive 2012/13/EU on the right to information, Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer, Directive (EU) 2016/343 on strengthening certain aspects of the principle on presumption of innocence and the right to be present at the trial, Directive (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children, Directive(EU) 2016/1919 on legal aid, and to raise awareness about the legislation adopted in this area. It is also necessary to explore possible further developments in the area of procedural rights.

In the area of victims’ rights, there is a need to focus on the implementation of the EU Strategy on victims’ rights (2020 –2025). This includes continuous work on improving the application of the EU rules on victims’ rights. Other important objectives of the strategy include empowering victims of crime by ensuring safe environment so that they can report crime, participate in criminal proceedings, claim compensation and ultimately recover from consequences of crime.

The strategy focuses also on strengthening cooperation and coordination among all relevant stakeholders. It encourages civil society to get involved in providing support to victims on cooperation with the relevant national authorities.

Objectives

The main objectives are to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, and effective redress, including by electronic means (e-justice), by promoting efficient civil, and criminal procedures, by promoting and supporting the rights of all victims of crime as well as the procedural rights of suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings.

Themes and priorities

The aims of this call for 2021 and 2022 are:

  1. to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU criminal law in the area of the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime (procedural rights priority);
  2. to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the area of the rights of victims of crime in line with the EU Strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2025) (victims' rights priority)

In both priorities actions may include possible future EU initiatives regarding gaps in EU legislation where further needs for EU action are called for. All interventions shall take into account a gender-perspective in their design and implementation3. Projects ensuring maximum practical benefits and impact by applying a gender-sensitive approach for the target groups will be more favorably assessed than theoretical projects consisting mainly of research and other analytical activities. Successful project shall ensure easy access to and wide dissemination of its results. Projects monitoring solely the legal transposition of the instruments mentioned below into national law will not be funded, however, projects examining the application of these instruments in practice will be eligible.

1. Procedural rights priority

The main legislative measures concerned within this priority include in particular:

  • Directive 2010/64/EU on the right to interpretation and translation;
  • Directive 2012/13/EU on the right to information;
  • Directive 2013/48/EU on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings,
  • Directive (EU) 2016/343 on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings;
  • Directive (EU) 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings;
  • Directive (EU) 2016/1919 on legal aid for suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings and for requested persons in European arrest warrant proceedings.

2. Victims' rights priority

The main legislative measures concerned within this priority include in particular:

  • Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime;
  • Council Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to crime victims;
  • Directive 2011/99/EU on the European protection order;
  • Regulation (EU) No 606/2013 on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters;
  • Directive (EU) 2017/541 on combating terrorism.

Activities that can be funded

All activities, both at design and implementation stage, shall incorporate a gender-perspective. This entails to apply due diligence to gender specific issues in all areas, including but not limited to the communication and exchange of information, collection of data disaggregated by sex, and capacity building of legal professionals on gender equality aspects in cases and legal trials. In relation to victims’ rights, a special focus should be paid to the intersectionality of victimisation.

The project should cover one or several of the following activities:

  • mutual learning, exchange of good practices, development of working methods which may be transferable to other participating countries;
  • exchange and provision of information and development of information tools;
  • capacity building for professionals;
  • facilitating cooperation between competent authorities (including where relevant national experts or agencies dealing with the aspects covered by this call) and/or legal practitioners and/or service providers (including multi-disciplinary networks at EU or international, national, regional or local levels);
  • communication activities including dissemination of information about rights and activities raising awareness of the existing rules on rights at EU and national levels, relevant to the priorities of the call;
  • training activities, as long as they are of ancillary nature and not the main purpose of the project;
  • analytical activities, such as data collection and creation of data bases, surveys, research etc.

The normal functioning of an organisation or the setting up of a new organisation cannot be co-funded.

Expected impact

Expected results under the priority 1:

  • Increased capacity of national practitioners to address issues related to the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime. Where relevant, particular attention should be paid to the specific needs of children involved in criminal proceedings as suspects or accused persons. In a similar vein, particular attention should be paid to the gender-specific needs of persons suspected or accused of crime.
  • Strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities in relation to the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime.
  • Improved knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices related to specific provisions of the EU acquis regulating the rights of suspects and accused in criminal proceedings.
  • Harmonisation of the administrative practices in relation to the relevant legislation in different Member States.
  • Reduced risks of breaches of fair trial rights.
  • Compatibility of the national legal framework and regulations linked to the rights of persons suspected or accused in criminal proceedings with EU acquis.
  • Improved cooperation of NGOs and professional organisations in the field of the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime.
  • Increased awareness of the relevant policy makers on the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime.

Expected results under the priority 2:

  • Increased capacity of national practitioners to address issues relating to the rights of victims of crime.
  • Improved cooperation among the competent national authorities, NGOs and/or professional organisations in the field of victims' rights.
  • Improved public awareness and knowledge about victims' rights at both EU and national level (including amongst the most vulnerable groups).
  • Improved knowledge of specific provisions of the EU acquis regulating issues such as referring victims to the relevant support services, victims' access to information in the area of victims' rights, individual assessment of victims' needs, use of procedural means to protect victims during criminal trial, including use of remote hearings and video testimonies.
  • Compatibility of the national legal framework and administrative practice related to victims' rights with the relevant EU acquis.
  • Increased number of victims' support organisations providing general and specialist support services to victims of crimes and their family members, in particular in those Member States who currently do not provide such services enough or provide them in insufficient manner.
  • Increased number of services providing support and protection to the most vulnerable victims, such as victims of domestic violence, victims of other forms of gender-based violence, child victims, victims of hate crime and migrant victims of crime, in a targeted, gender-sensitive and integrated manner that regroups psychological and social aid with a cooperation with police and judicial authorithies.
  • Increased quality of the services (including gender-sensitive, victim-centred and trauma-informed approaches to services) provided by victim support organisations.
  • Enhanced cooperation among the relevant national authorities responsible for compensation in cross-border cases under the Council Directive 2004/80/EC6 on compensation to crime victims.
  • Improved access to support services for victims’ claiming compensation.
  • Increased awareness to the problematic of relations between victims and offenders including actions aimed at improving victims’ access to justice and decreased re-offending via tools such restorative justice.

Improved awareness to the complexity of the victims’ related issues taking into account that offenders may also be victims of crime.

Eligible countries

Member States of the European Union (including their overseas departments), excluding Denmark.

Eligible applicants

Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), NGO / NPO, Public Services, National Government, Start Up Company, University, Association

Project Partner

Yes. The application must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries.

Financial details

Total Call budget: 6,2 million €
Amount per project: min. 75 000 €
Co-financing rate: max. 90%

Application Details

See full details in the official call document.

Link to the Justice Programme.

All proposals must be submitted directly online via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System.