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In accordance with its approach of translating between academic research and application in practice, the BIM dedicates itself to the promotion of human rights in and through the EU’s enlargement policy and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The BIM follows the main goal of contributing to change within the partner countries, for which the process of EU approximation opens a “window of opportunity”, especially as regards accession countries. In this framework the Institute provides policy advice and conducts research on the EU acquis communautaire and on EU good practices with regard to human rights, rule of law and democratic standards.

On the operative level, human rights standards are thus directly being promoted in specific projects in the enlargement respectively neighbourhood countries through capacity building and policy development. Here the main focus lies on the implementation of Twinning projects as the key instrument for acquis approximation and institution building.

Another focus of our work is the strengthening of civil society. Through bilateral projects and initiatives, citizens in partner countries are supported in their efforts to contribute to change processes within the framework of the EU rapprochement.

On a research level, human rights promotion in the said policy fields and the instruments applied are analytically assessed, drawing from insights gained in the afore mentioned projects on the ground. The research findings, in turn, form the background to the Institute’s on-going engagement in the partner countries.


Study visit from Albanian human rights protection and anti-discrimination bodies to Vienna

Group Photo at the Austrian Ombudsman Board

From the 27th of February to the 1st of March of 2018, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights welcomed a 16-person delegation from Albania. The study visit took place within the context of the EU- Council of Europe Joint Program “Enhancing the effectiveness of the Albanian system of human rights protection and anti-discrimination”. Delegates from the Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the People’s Advocate and the Council of Europe’s Project Team in Tirana participated in the activity.

15 years Twinning for Austria – since 2017 also in the Eastern Partnership

On 24 November 2017, the Heads of state/government from the EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries gathered in Brussels for an Eastern Partnership Summit in order to take stock of achievements since the last summit two years ago and to consult on future cooperation until 2020. Forming part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched in 2009 to promote political association and economic integration between the EU and the six countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. One of the EaP priority areas is the strengthening of good governance, rule of law and thus also of the compliance with human and fundamental rights.

The BIM – as part of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft Austria’s largest human rights research, training and consulting institute and institutional bridge between research and practice – has been supporting these objectives since 2017 through its participation in two Twinning projects in Ukraine:

Study visit by the office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to Vienna

Group photo at the Uninversity of Vienna

From 20-24 November 2017, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights welcomed a 10-person study visit delegation from the office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) in Vienna. The visit took place within the framework of the on-going Twinning project “Strengthening the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights”, in which the BIM is the Austrian partner institution.

Closing event of the EU Twinning project on anti-discrimination in Serbia

Speakers at the final event

On the occasion of the completion of the Twinning project „Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination“, the project closing event took place on 07 June 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. Representatives of UN agencies and the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Serbian stakeholders including representatives of line ministries, National Councils of National Minorities, the Judicial Academy and Civil Society Organizations involved in the protection of human and minority rights attended this event.

Short video and website on Twinning project in Ukraine

Hannes Tretter and Valeriya Lutkovska

As part of the Twinning project to strengthen the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, the website is now available where you can download all relevant legal acts as well as written project results (including analysis, studies and recommendations). In addition, we produced a short video in which all project partners briefly explain why they work on the promotion of human rights in Ukraine. The project is implemented from January 2017 to December 2018 by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, the Law Institute of Lithuania, the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office and other Lithuanian partners.

We don’t discriminate! - Anti-discrimination Code of Conduct for Employers presented in Serbia

Conference participants

On 6 June 2017, an event titled “WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE! Conference on the occasion of the presentation of the Guidebook for Developing an Anti-discrimination Code of Conduct for Employers“ took place in Serbia. This conference was organized within the framework of the Twinning project “Support to the advancement of human rights and zero tolerance to discrimination“, and it is one of the elements that support the Serbian Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) in increasing the effectiveness of her recommendations targeting employers who have been found to engage in discriminatory practices.

Successful completion of the training of trainers program by the staff of the Commissioner for Protection of Equality (CPE) in Serbia

Participants and trainers after the certification ceremony

On June 12th 2017, all 19 CPE staff members participating in the training of trainers program strengthening their competences and skills in handling cases as well as doing awareness raising and outreach work received their certificates.