This policy brief focuses on the role of National Human Rights Bodies in assessing the horizontal enabling conditions in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (the Charter) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) compliance of EU funds. The aim of the policy brief is to present some formal and practical possibilities for NHRIs, ombuds institutions and equality bodies to contribute to the governance structure of EU funded programmes at all levels (national, regional, local) and address advantages and challenges of their potential roles in attempt to improve human rights compliance. Authors: Magdi Birtha, Katrin Wladasch and Kristina Allram-Naaijer.
This thematic report is a study on the promotion of gender-balanced political decision-making in the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and the UK.
The report aims to: (1) map and bring to light the current legal (hard and soft law) and policy frameworks on the promotion of gender balance in decision-making in political life in the countries covered by the report; (2) identify obstacles on promoting gender balance in decision-making in political life; (3) identify national promising/best practices on promoting gender balance in decision-making in political life; and (4) propose possible ways forwards for European Union and Commission action.
The introductory chapter sets the scene by explaining the context, scope and aims of the report. The introduction also provides a note on how key concepts are understood and used in the report as well as a description of the methodology.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 caused destruction and suffering on a scale not seen in Europe since the World War II. Millions of people displaced by the war entered the European Union (EU), triggering a wave of solidarity from EU governments, local authorities, civil society and many individuals.