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Regional Project "Supporting National Human Rights Institutions in Monitoring fundamental rights and the fundamental aspects of the rule of law"





Following an invitation from the European Union Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) and after the submission of a successful proposal, the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights participated, as Cyprus’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), in a regional Project that aimed to provide support to NHRIs of member states of the European Union, in monitoring fundamental rights and the fundamental rights aspects of the rule of law.

The participants to the Project, which was funded by the EEA and Norway Grants, were the FRA, as lead partner, and the NHRIs of Cyprus, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and Latvia, as beneficiary partners. Also, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) participated in the Project as an expertise partner.

The Project, which was completed on February 29th 2024, covered the following three (3) Work Packages:

Work Package 1: «Enhancing the use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights by NHRIs and strengthening their role in its enforcement at national level, including by building the capacity of NHRI staff in using EU fundamental rights law in their work».

Work Package 2: «Strengthening NHRIs’ capacity in monitoring fundamental rights and the rule of law, by increasing their engagement with relevant EU mechanisms and by promoting national dialogues on fundamental rights and the rule of law».

Work Package 3: «Developing the capacity of NHRIs to monitor fundamental rights compliance in the implementation of EU funds, as foreseen by newly applicable EU law».

For the purposes of the implementation of the Project, it was foreseen to:

a) Carry out studies and draw up a number of Reports with relevant recommendations, in relation to the following topics:
    à The present fundamental rights situation in Cyprus, and the potential for strengthening it through a stronger use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

    à An overview of the essential national human rights structures, their mandates and scope of action, including their interlinkages with EU frameworks and international human rights mechanisms.

    à The use of Charter in Cyprus and a collection of promising practices and examples on how the Cyprus NHRI has engaged with the Charter.

    à An Analysis and practical Guidance on how national stakeholders can implement EU funded projects, while upholding fundamental rights.

    The Reports and the Guide prepared can be found in the following link:

[Reports/Guide]


b) To organize capacity building training seminars regarding the application of the EU’s human rights Law and, in particular, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The seminars were provided to both staff of the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Human Rights, and, to other target groups that have been identified (Officers of selected Public Authorities, practicing Layers and national Judges).

More information on the training seminars organized can be found in the following link:

[Capacity building training seminars]


c) To organize a national media campaign to raise awareness on the he EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

More information on the media campaign can be found in the following link:

[Media Campaign]


It is pointed out that the FRA, as the lead partner, oversaw the overall implementation of the Project, promoted cooperation between the partners and provided advice and guidance to participating NHRIs on project activities and outputs.









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