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European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy

European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy

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In accordance with its approach of translating between academic research and application in practice, the LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) dedicates itself to the promotion of human rights in and through the EU’s enlargement policy and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The LBI-GMR 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.

 

AZERBAIJAN: Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan (Twinning)

The EU adopted the AAP 2016 (Annual Action Programme 2016), a plan that focuses on assisting Azerbaijan’s economic, financial and judicial governance, as well as increasing the country’s legal protection, safety and support of women and victims of domestic violence through an improvement in the capacity of local referral mechanisms and State bodies.

ALBANIA: Institution-building for alignment with the Union acquis on the protection of personal data (Twinning)

Following the Council’s endorsement to open accession negotiations with Albania in March 2020, the need to entirely align the Albanian law with the Union acquis has been highlighted. This Twinning project is designed to meet this requirement in the areas of personal data protection and digital rights. It builds on the Albanian Strategy on the Right to Information and Personal Data Protection 2018-2020 and supports the National Strategy for Development and Integration 2015-2020 that emphasises the right of information and personal data protection and the need to strengthen the capacities of the independent institutions in charge for the defence of human rights. At the same time, it is in line with the EU Revised Indicative Strategy Paper for Albania for the period 2014-2020 which focuses on public administration reform and good governance, with a view to promoting the accession of Albania to the EU.

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RiVi Jour Fixe: Improved support for people affected by violence

F.l.t.r. Andrea Berzlanovich, Sabine Mandl, Sabine Gasser, Bernadette Schmidl, Agnes Taibl.

Within the framework of the RiVi project "Rights of Victims of Survived Bodily Harm and Improved Access to Clinical Forensic Examinations", the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a Jour Fixe meeting on 24th September 2020 at the Floridsdorf Hospital in Vienna. This Jour Fixe brought together various stakeholders in the field of victims’ rights, such as medical professionals and representatives of victim support services.

Online Training on Clinical Forensic Examinations

Online Training on Clinical Forensic Examinations

The University Hospital Heidelberg, one of the project partners in the RiVi project, developed an online training on clinical forensic examinations that is now available to the public. The RiVi project aims at strengthening victims’ rights through improving access to clinical forensic examinations. The online training contributes to this objective by further expanding the knowledge of medical staff towards clinical forensic examinations.

Implementation of the Twinning project in Azerbaijan starts

On 30 June 2020 the European Union Delegation to Azerbaijan announced that Lithuanian institutions together with Austrian colleagues were awarded the contract to implement the EU Twinning Project "Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan". Considering the restrictions on movement caused by COVID-19 pandemic the start of the project is foreseen from 1 September 2020.