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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.

 

Visibility-Event of the IPA-Projcet „EU Support for Rule of Law in North Macedonia”

On May 19th the visibility event of the EU-financed IPA-project took place online. Ms Mojca Kuzmički, team leader of the project, welcomed all the participants. Afterwards, Ms Věra Jourová from the EU-delegation took over and emphasized the importance of keeping up the reform momentum in Northern Macedonia. The goals of the project are reforms of the juridical sector and the fight against corruption, organized crime and terrorism in order to work towards the key priority, the EU-accession of Northern Macedonia.

Call for Applications | Straniak Fellowship – Research Fellow for Project on Rule of Law in North Macedonia

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The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights is happy to announce the call for applications for the 2021 Straniak Fellowship. The Straniak Fellowhip is awarded to young researchers and funded by our strategic partner the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation. 

Kick-Off Meeting: 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 kick-off meeting of the EU-funded Twinning project entitled “Strengthening the capacity of the State Bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to the victims of domestic violence” was held remotely on March 29, 2021. More than 60 experts from the participating countries Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Austria were informed about the national challenges in the field of domestic violence and the goals of the project.

Kick-off event of the Twinning project “Institution-building for alignment with the Union acquis on the protection of personal data” in Albania

The high-level event on the occasion of the official start of the project took place on 16 February 2021 and was held as an online video conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The participants were welcomed by Besnik Dervishi (Albanian Commissioner for Information and Data Protection), Ambassador Luigi Soreca (Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Albania), Alberto Petrangeli (Deputy Ambassador of Italy) and Renate Seib (Deputy Ambassador of Austria).

NORTH MACEDONIA: EU Support for Rule of Law in North Macedonia

This 5-year project aims at supporting North Macedonia on its way to the EU. The project is built on the revised methodology "Enhancing the accession process - A credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans", endorsed by the Commission Communication in February 2020. It covers the justice sector, law enforcement, anti-corruption and the protection of human rights.

Final Project Meeting RiMe #2: RiVi – Rights of Victims of Survived Bodily Harm: Improved Access to Clinical Forensic Examinations

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Within the scope of the EU-funded RiVi project “Rights of Victims of Survived Bodily Harm: Improved Access to Clinical Forensic Examinations”, the final project meeting with all project partners took place on 22 January 2021. Since February 2019, the partners worked on strengthening the rights of victims of violence according to the EU Victims’ Rights Directive and sensitising relevant stakeholders for clinical forensic examinations. The RiMe # 2 meeting aimed at reflecting the implemented activities during the project duration as well as discussing acquired knowledge in the course of the project.