Friday 28 October 2016
NEW INSTRUMENTS TO PROMOTE THE CORRECT APPLICATION OF THE EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
Discussing the Outcomes and the Future Perspectives of the “CharterClick! Project” with EU Institutions and National Actors
“Don’t knock on the wrong door: CharterClick! A user-friendly tool to detect violations falling within the scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights” is a project supported by the European Commission under the “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship” Programme (JUST/2013/FRC/AG). It will run from February 2015 to January 2017 and envisages close cooperation between 7 highly qualified academic institutions, an institute specialised in legal informatics and a broad set of bodies representing victims of fundamental rights violations from 11 Member States (see the “Consortium” section).
The Project will unfold through three strictly connected Workstreams, entailing research, technical and training activities (see the section “Working phases and Timeline”). Its chief purpose is to create a toolkit that will assist victims of fundamental rights violations, lawyers, national judges, ombudspersons, equality bodies and other national human rights institutions in determining whether the Charter of Fundamental Rights of European Union can provide protection in a specific case.
The toolkit and the planned training and dissemination activities aim at contrasting the sense of frustration and distrust towards the Union that victims of fundamental rights violation experience when, owing to the lack of knowledge on the Charter, they seek protection based on its provisions in cases outside its scope (see the section “Background”). It will consequently reduce the risk of losing money and time that is an almost inevitable consequence in those situations. Both effective protection of fundamental rights and smooth administration of justice will be improved.
In particular, the project partners will develop an Admissibility Checklist that, in combination with the cases collected within the project’s Database, will help establish whether a case involving the violation of fundamental rights falls inside or outside the scope of the Charter. Besides, the partners will elaborate a document with Practical Guidelines on the application of the Charter, and a Document on the Best Practices of the National Human Rights Bodies. These tools (see the “Outputs” section for more information) will be tested in a series of training events that will be organised in 5 different Member States (France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and United Kingdom). Upon the Project’s completion, all tools will be made freely available in this on-line platform (CharterClick!).