CERV - Promote capacity building and awareness on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and activities on strategic litigation relating to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights breaches

Deadline :
February 24, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€2,000,000
Partners required:
at least 1 applicant (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)

Funding programme

The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme (CERV) provides funding for citizens’ engagement, equality for all and the implementation of rights and EU values.

Read more about the CERV programme here.

Call overview

This call aims to promote capacity building and awareness on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and activities on strategic litigation relating to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights breaches.

Call summary

This call will protect, promote and raise awareness of rights by providing financial support to civil society organisations which are active at local, regional, national and transnational level in promoting and cultivating those rights, thereby also strengthening the protection and promotion of Union values and respect for the rule of law and contributing to the construction of a more democratic Union, democratic dialogue, transparency and good governance.

The EU policy initiatives supported under this call are the following: European democracy action plan, Rule of law report, Strategy to strenghten the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the EU.

Call details

Projects must address one (or both) of the following policy priorities set for 2022:

1. Capacity-building and awareness raising on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

To contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (the Charter), in line with the Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter in the EU and to foster a culture of fundamental rights in the Member States.

2. Activities on strategic litigation 

To strengthen the knowledge and ability of practitioners, legal professionals, civil society organisations and independent human rights bodies to effectively engage in litigation practices at national and European level, and to improve access to justice and enforcement of rights under EU law, including the Charter, through training, knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices.

ExpectedOutcome

  • increased awareness and better use of the Charter by CSOs, NHRIs, equality bodies, Ombuds Institutions and Member State authorities;
  • improved knowledge about available redress mechanisms and how to make the best use of them for the benefit of rights holders;
  • improved cooperation between CSOs, NHRIs, Equality bodies, Ombuds Institutions and Member State authorities on Charter-related issues;
  • increased ability of CSOs, NHRIs, equality bodies and Ombuds Institutions to develop a litigation strategy, and communicate and advocate around it, and to bring strategic litigation cases before national courts and the European Court of Justice.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: 

+ be legal entities (public or private bodies)

+ be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

  • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)) 

+ other eligibility conditions: 

  • the project can be either national or transnational;
  • the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 75,000;

Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners,
subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc. 

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 1 applicant (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities).

Budget

The available call budget is EUR 2,000,000.

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Deadline :
February 24, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€2,000,000
Partners required:
at least 1 applicant (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)