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.

Click here for open calls / current deadlines.

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 

 

Want to find out more? 
 

Click on the links above to visit the relevant websites and find out more about human rights funding opportunities for your organisation. 

Current Funding

Justice: Action grants to promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters


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: 6 May 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

Funding under this call will support national and transnational projects that promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. While there are a number of EU instruments in force which provide a legal framework for judicial cooperation among Member States, projects funded by the EU budget can improve their application, identify issues, facilitate contacts and in general improve the cooperation between the relevant stakeholders.

Objectives

The aim of this call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters thus strengthening mutual trust.

The main objectives are to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and to promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems, and the effective enforcement of decisions.

Themes and priorities

1. Judicial cooperation in civil matters

The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in civil matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application and enforcement of EU instruments

2. Judicial cooperation in criminal matters

The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters.

3. Support to Member States for the setting up and strengthening of national networks active in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters

The main objective is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil,commercial and criminal matters.

4. Support to Member States for their connection to the ECRIS-TCN system

The main objective of this priority is to support projects implementing the needed adaptations of the national criminal records systems for the linking and exchange of fingerprints with the ECRIS-TCN central system

Please see the official call document for more information on all themes and priorities.

Available budget

The available call budget is EUR 6 650 000.

We reserve the right not to award all available funds or to redistribute them between the call priorities, depending on the proposals received and the results of the evaluation.

Eligibility

Eligible participants (eligible countries)

In order to be eligible, the applicants must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member State (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs), excluding Denmark)
    • non-EU countries:
      • countries associated to the Justice Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

To be eligible, grant applications must comply with all of the following criteria:

  • for priorities 1 and 2:
  1. the applicants must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisation. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations;
  2. the applications must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries;
  • for priority 3:
  1. in the area of civil and commercial matters, the application must be submitted by the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters, or by the national authorities, courts and professional associations representing the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters.
  2. in the area of criminal matters, the application must be submitted by national authorities, courts, prosecution services and professional associations representing them.

Only one application per participating country will be accepted. Projects do not need to have a transnational aspect.

  • for priority 4, the application must be submitted by the national authorities responsible for the systems linking national criminal records databases, as well as fingerprint databases, to the ECRIS-TCN central system. Only one application per participating country will be accepted. Projects do not need to have a transnational aspect.
  • the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than € 75 000.

Please see the official call document for more detailed information.

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.




Justice: Action grants to support national or transnational e-Justice projects


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: 6 May 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The key priority under this call is to contribute to achieving the goals of the European e-Justice Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2023 by supporting the implementation of e-Justice projects at the European and national level, as far as they have a European dimension.

Project activities under this call would in principle include:

  • Analytical, conceptual, design and elaboration work;
  • IT software development, quality assurance and related auxiliary measures necessary for the establishment of IT systems;
  • Expansion and adaptation of existing national and transnational solutions towards addressing the objectives of the call.

Background

The use of ICT in the justice area offers significant potential to, inter alia, improve the effectiveness of justice systems and facilitate access to justice. An effective European area of justice also relies on efficient channels of communication between the judicial and other competent authorities of the different Member States, and the possibility of citizens and businesses to easily find information and seamlessly exercise their rights in a cross-border context. European e-Justice aims to support cross-border initiatives in this respect, and has the objective to allow actors from different Member States to join forces towards designing and operationalising IT solutions of EU relevance and added value.

Themes and priorities

The key priorities for 2021 under this call are to:

  1. Contribute to achieving the goals of the Commission Communication on the Digitalisation of Justice in the EU and the Council European e-JusticeStrategy and Action Plan 2019-2023 by supporting the implementation of e-Justice projects at the European and national level, as far as they have a European dimension.
  2. Support projects aiming at joining or enhancing existing or on-going e-Justice projects
  3. Support the development of concrete use cases based on artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology in the justice area.

Without prejudice to the priority areas set out above, other e-Justice project proposals related to supporting relevant EU policies, such as victims' rights, rights of suspects and accused in criminal proceedings, and projects which are in advanced stage of development or already live on the e-Justice Portal at the moment when the call is published, will not be excluded.

Transnational project proposals will have priority over national ones. National projects will be funded only insofar as they offer a clearly demonstrated EU added value, for instance providing best practices for other EU Member States or promoting interoperability.

Activities that can be funded

Project activities under this call would in principle include:

  1. Analytical, conceptual, design and elaboration work;
  2. IT software development, quality assurance and related auxiliary measures necessary for the establishment of IT systems;
  3. Expansion and adaptation of existing national and transnational solutions towards addressing the objectives of the call.

Supporting activities relating to project management, content preparation, editorial work, communication, promotion and dissemination are also eligible for funding.

The requirements and the application of the eIDAS Regulation, the use of the Digital Building Blocks developed under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme, as well as the results from the e-CODEX project and ISA Core vocabularies, should be taken into account, as relevant.

Expected impact

  • Improved participation, with the aim of achieving full EU coverage concerning the various e-Justice interconnection projects;
  • Addressing the relevant policy goals set out in the Commission Communication on the digitalisation of justice in the EU;
  • Opportunities allowing Member States to engage in new pilot initiatives, in particular those identified in the European e-Justice Action Plan (2019-2023);
  • Development of initiatives with respect to the use of artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology in the justice field
  • Improved awareness of ongoing and future e-Justice activities

Eligible countries

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

Eligible applicants

International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services

Applicant details

The applicant must be a public entity or a private organisation, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or an international organisation. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations.

Project Partner Details

Both national and transnational projects are eligible, and applications can be submitted by a single organisation or by a consortium.

Financial details

Total budget: 2.8 million €
Amount per project: min. 75 000 €
Co-financing rate: 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.




Justice: Action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights


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: 6 May 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

The objective of this call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law (including consumer law), criminal law and fundamental rights, to judicial ethics and the rule of law, by covering training needs' gaps in these fields.

The 2021 priorities will concentrate funding on training activities and tools for training providers, as described below, in order to support cross-border training activities:

  1. for justice professionals, and/or
  2. for multipliers, such as judicial trainers or EU law court coordinators, where there are guarantees that the multipliers will pass on their knowledge to justice professionals in a systematic way, and/or
  3. for cross-professional training, in order to stimulate discussions across judicial professions about the application of EU law and contribute to a European judicial culture across professional boundaries on precisely identified topics of relevance to the concerned professions.

Background

“Any new legislation is only as good as its implementation”. The European Commission is committed to a uniform and better “implementation and enforcement of EU law” in the European Union (EU). As national courts act as EU courts when applying EU law5, the work of judges and of justice practitioners involved in the application of EU law is essential to the well-functioning of the EU area of justice. In this context, training justice practitioners on EU law is a fundamental tool to improve the correct and uniform application of EU law, mutual trust in cross-border judicial proceedings, and the respect of the rule of law in the EU. In particular, newly / to be appointed justice professionals should understand early in their career the role they are to play as European justice practitioners. Moreover, the post-pandemic situation will likely trigger a high level of litigations in courts in all branches of law, as it occurred after the 2008 financial crisis, and the effective functioning of courts became a key component of the recovery policy. Practitioners must be aware of the possibilities EU law offers and trust each other to make cross-border proceedings more efficient.

Objectives

In line with the Commission Communication ‘Ensuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024’, the objective of the call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights, as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the rule of law related issues, by helping to address the training needs of justice professionals in these fields.

The 2021 priorities will concentrate funding on training activities and tools for training providers, as described below, in order to support cross-border training activities:

  1. for justice professionals, and/or
  2. for multipliers, such as judicial trainers or EU law court coordinators, where there are guarantees that the multipliers will pass on their knowledge to justice professionals in a systematic way, and/or
  3. for cross-professional training, in order to stimulate discussions across judicial professions about the application of EU law and contribute to a European judicial culture across professional boundaries on precisely identified topics of relevance to the concerned professions.

Themes and priorities

The activities may cover EU civil, criminal and fundamental rights law, legal systems of the Member States, and the rule of law.

Judicial training principles

Training should be designed and planned in cooperation with training providers of justice professions, justice professions’ associations or bodies, or judicial authorities. Training should primarily be delivered by justice professionals who have been previously trained for this purpose, involving non-judicial experts only where relevant, using active and modern adult learning techniques.

Training needs assessment

An evidenced-based training needs assessment for the topic of the training activity is always required.

Gender mainstreaming

The assessment of the training needs should take into account a gender equality perspective. Likewise, when designing the training content, the applicant shall take into account, as relevant, the differences in situations and conditions for women and men (or girls and boys) that are subject to a legal process7, and of their differing needs, which could have an impact on the application of the law.

Non-legal skills and knowledge

The multidisciplinary competencies, judgecraft, professional skills, topics like conduct, resilience, unconscious bias, case and courtroom management, leadership, digitalisation, modern technologies and IT tools, linguistic skills might be addressed, only if linked to training on legal topics.

Priority will notably be given to training on the following topics: see the full list in the official call document (section 2).

Activities that can be funded

Each project should include training activities that are tailored to the daily professional needs, practical, interactive and accessible to all learners, including practitioners with disabilities, whatever the face-to-face, blended14, hybrid15 or online format(s) of the activities.

The gender equality perspective should be taken into account when designing the ‘format’ of the training course, to ensure that it is accessible to women and men on equal terms, and both women and men are able to participate in the training activities. 16.

Training activities must include participants from different participating countries. For face-to-face or hybrid activities – when they can resume, travel and accommodation costs of the participants should be planned.

While the health situation is expected to improve from 2022, all projects should plan the possible disruption of travel and face-to-face activities, so that such disruption does not hinder reaching the project’s objectives and implementing its activities.

This call may support training activities such as:

  • cross-border initial training activities (online, face-to-face activities or exchanges), covering as many Member States as possible, to create a common European judicial culture from the moment of entering a justice profession;
  • interactive, practice-oriented, cross-border continuous training activities;
  • multilateral exchanges between justice professionals;
  • joint study visits to EU courts or justice related institutions for justice professionals from as many different Member States as possible;
  • training activities related to enhancing the use of remote hearings and use of video testimonies;
  • creation of training materials, whether for presential learning, blended learning or e-learning, ready-to-use either by trainers or by practitioners for self-learning, in combination with the organisation of training activities, including the creation of ‘Capsule’ e-training (short, up to date, tightly focused) to address justice professionals’ immediate needs in the context of a concrete case;
  • update and/or translation of existing training material possibly combined with adaptation to national settings, in combination with the organisation of cross-border training activities;
  • creation of tools or activities for training providers (for example: train-the-trainers on active and modern adult learning techniques, train-the-trainers on online training skills and tools, tools to support the organisation of cross-border training, training on how to give training online, etc.) including to facilitate their cooperation at EU-level;
  • evaluation of the training activities on the basis of the participants’ satisfaction, increased competence and, where possible, impact on their performance.

Read more about the training methodology and dissemination strategy in the official call document.

Expected impact

  • Increased knowledge of EU civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights instruments among justice professionals and the methods to implement them;
  • Increased knowledge of the European standards on the rule of law among justice professionals;
  • Improved mutual trust between justice professionals in cross-border judicial cooperation;
  • Increased ability to use e-justice and digital tools;
  • Increased knowledge among justice professionals on crime victims’ rights, including encountering victims in a gender-sensitive, victim-centred and trauma-informed manner;
  • Improved cooperation of training providers of the different justice professions;
  • Increased awareness among justice professionals on the scope of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its added value in their practice.

Eligible countries

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

Eligible applicants

Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, International Organization, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Public Services, Other, Start Up Company, University, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association

Applicant details

Applicants must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisations. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit organisations.

Project Partner

Yes. Min. 2 partners from 2 participating countries

Financial details

Total Call Budget: 5,3 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.




Justice: Call for 4-year Framework Partnership Agreements to support European networks active in the area of facilitating and promoting judicial cooperation in civil and/or criminal matters and in the area of access to justice


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: 6 May 2021, 17:00 Brussels time Application Link Programme Overview

This call aims to establish 4-year Framework Partnership Agreements with European networks whose statutory aims are to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters and/or access to justice for all. The annual operating grants to be signed on the basis of these Framework Partnership Agreements will enhance the capacities of these networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of the EU policies in the areas mentioned.

Framework partnerships (FPAs) are long-term cooperation instruments that serve as umbrella for regular or recurrent grants in the same field or area and under a common action plan.

  • Judicial cooperation: the objective is to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary. It is also to to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems.
  • Access to justice: the objective is to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, and effective redress, including by promoting the use of electronic means of communication (e-justice), by promoting efficient civil, and criminal procedures, and 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.

Background

This call aims to establish 4-year Framework Partnership Agreements with European networks whose statutory aims are to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters and/or access to justice for all. The annual operating grants to be signed on the basis of these Framework Partnership Agreements will enhance the capacities of these networks to contribute actively to the development and implementation of the EU policies in these areas.

Objectives

Judicial cooperation

The objective of the Call is to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems, and the effective enforcement of decisions.

Furthermore, in the digital age and against the background of the challenges highlighted by the COVID-19 crisis, judicial cooperation needs to make full use of electronic tools and channels to ensure the effective, swift, secure and resilient communication between the competent authorities and with the relevant actors.

Priorities for Judicial cooperation in civil matters

In the area of civil matters, priority is given to activities in the areas of cross-border family law and successions, mediation, recognition of civil status, protection of vulnerable adults, cross-border enforcement of claims, insolvency, company law, minimum common standards of procedural law (including service of documents) and application of foreign law.

Priority will be also given to activities aimed at ensuring the correct implementation of the EU acquis in judicial cooperation in civil matters and the exchange of information and networking between legal, judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions, aimed at promoting judicial cooperation across Europe, including through electronic channels of communication.

Priorities for judicial cooperation in criminal matters

In the area of criminal matters, the activities to be implemented by these networks must contribute to furthering the understanding and the implementation of EU legislation in this area. Of particular importance for the given period are activities supporting knowledge-sharing and providing guidance on the practical aspects of the implementation of the EU acquis. As regards detention, the activities to be carried out must relate to the practical application of the EU Framework Decisions in the field of detention, to alternatives to imprisonment both in the pre-trial and post-trial stage, to the issue of radicalisation in prisons and activities aiming to improve detention conditions in the Member States in order to enhance the efficient operation of EU mutual recognition instruments.

For a full list of the main legislative measures concerned, see the official Call document (section 2).

Access to justice

The objective of the Call is to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, and effective redress, including by promoting the use of electronic means of communication (e-justice), by promoting efficient civil, and criminal procedures, and 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.

The activities to be carried out by these networks in the given period must contribute to the understanding and the implementation of victims’ rights and on procedural rights of suspected and accused persons.

In the field of victims' rights, the activities to be carried out include, practical application of the relevant EU rules, notably the Victims 'Rights Directive, but also application of the EU rules related to compensation to victims and to increased protection of victims in cross-border cases (including victims of terrorism). The activities should focus on exchanging of best practice, including best methods of implementation of the EU rules and on mutual learning. The overall objective should be to foster the cooperation among the Member State and among the responsible national authorities (national experts) and the relevant practitioners who come into contact with victims (including police, prosecution, judicial authorities, lawyers and support services). The activities should take into account the recent developments in the EU policy on victims’ rights and notably follow the recommendations set up in the EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights (2020-2025).

In the field of procedural rights of suspected and accused persons activities of particular importance are those supporting the correct implementation of the Directive on the right of access to a lawyer and the Directives adopted in 2016. Activities could cover practical aspects of the implementation process of all procedural rights directives and the two Commission recommendations of 20134. They should provide guidance and outline best practices, and they should foster the cooperation between Member States to improve the rights of defence. Activities could also cover pre-trial detention (in particular the use of alternatives to detention) and other areas in the field of procedural rights, such as the protection of vulnerable persons, the collection, transfer and use of evidence in cross-border proceedings, and remedies.

The objective of the Call is also to increase capacity of national practitioners to secure access to justice and to respect the fundamental rights with networks’ support to the implementation of the Communication from the Commission on ‘Ensuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024’ and Communication from the Commission setting strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU.

Activities that can be funded

This call will support networks whose activities contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme and which will implement among others: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities with EU added value.

All activities shall, both at design and implementation stage, incorporate a gender equality perspective. This entails to apply due diligence to gender specific issues in all aspects of the call for proposals, including but not limited to the identification of best practices, data collection, including sex-disaggregated statistics, information dissemination to forestall discrimination, victimisation and stereotyping of women and men.

Expected impact

Expected results for judicial cooperation

  • Increased capacity of national practitioners, authorities to address issues related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and to the application of the Union instruments on civil law, procedural civil law and procedural criminal law;

  • Strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities in relation to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including taking into account the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU);

  • Increased resilience of the judicial systems to conduct cross-border judicial cooperation procedures in times of crisis and facilitation of the conduct of the proceedings through the use of digital tools;

  • Improved knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters;

  • Harmonisation of the administrative practices in relation to the relevant legislation in different Member States;

  • Improved cooperation between judicial authorities in civil, commercial and criminal matters;

  • The legal framework and regulations linked to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters are in line with EU acquis and relevant case-law of the CJEU;

  • National authorities responsible for judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters operate in cooperation and coordination with other responsible agencies and institutions across the EU;

  • Prosecutors and judges for the proceedings related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters have further specialised knowledge and experience in respective fields;

  • Acceleration of proceedings in relation to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and decrease in breaches of time-limits;

  • Improved situation of persons subject to measures in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters; enhancement of their social rehabilitation and re-integration of detained persons;

  • Increased awareness of policy makers related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.

Expected results for access to justice

  • Improved knowledge of European judicial systems;

  • Increased capacity of national justice professionals;

  • Improved access to justice through the use of digital tools for all types of civil and criminal proceedings;

  • Strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities and European networks in relation to the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and of victims 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 and of victims of crime;

  • Reduced risks of breaches of fair trial rights;

  • Improved cooperation of NGOs and professional organisations in the field of the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and of victims of crime;

  • Increased awareness of the relevant policy makers on the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and of victims of crime;

  • Improved public awareness and knowledge about procedural rights of suspected and accused persons and victims' rights at both EU and national level;

  • Increased awareness and knowledge on the use of digital tools in criminal proceedings and its impact (chances and risks) on the procedural rights of suspected and accused persons and victims’ rights at both EU and national level;

  • Improved knowledge about specific provisions of the EU acquis regulating the 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;

  • 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 or provide them in insufficient manner;

  • Increased quality of the services provided by victims support organisations;

  • Improved knowledge about national compensation schemes and increased support for victims claiming compensation.

Eligible countries

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

Eligible applicants

NGO / NPO; in order to be eligible, the applicants must: be legal entities, private non-profit-oriented organisations.

Financial details

Total budget: 4,3 million € per year

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.




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.