Conference "EU Fundamental Rights Charter and the Role of Civil Society in Promoting Fundamental Rights"
Latvian Centre for Human Rights in co-operation with Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania) organised a conference “EU Fundamental Rights Charter and the Role of Civil Society in Promoting Fundamental Rights” in Riga on 27-28 November.
The aim of the conference was to raise awareness on the Lisbon Treaty , and developments concerning the EU Fundamental Rights Charter since the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The conference were introduced to the work of the EU agency dealing with fundamental rights issues – EU Fundamental Rights Agency (Vienna). Several panel discussions were held on EU Citizen’s Initiatives to date, examples of participatory democracy, wider fundamental rights issues and equality and diversity. The Europe for Citizens Programme representative provided information on funding opportunities within the programme.
The conference was attended by the representatives of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and civil society from various EU Member States – United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Greece, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, and Latvia,
The Conference is funded by the European Commission, Europe for Citizens Programme.
Conference venue: Hotel “Monika” Elizabetes street 21 (www.monika.centrumhotels.com/lv/)
- Iassen Lazarov, Institute for Public Environment Development, Bulgaria
- Iveta Kažoka, Centre for Public Policy “Providus”, Latvia – Analysis of Collective Petitions to Date
- Dace Akule, Centre for Public Policy “Providus” Latvia – EU Citizen’s Initiative & Overview of Submitted Initiatives to Date
- Deirdre Duffy, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Ireland – 103 NGOs and the UPR Process
- Maja Ladič, Slovenian Peace Institute, Slovenia – Erased People
- Lorin Niculae, Soros Foundation, Romania – My Roma Neighbour
- Anna Sledzinska-Simon, Polish Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland – Potential Use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Strategic Litigation
- Māris Ceirulis, Liepaja Society of the Blind, Latvia – Making Environment Accessible: experience of a regional NGO
- Kari Kasper, Estonian Centre for Human Rights, Estonia -Diversity Enriches campaign
- Maria Mousmouti, Centre for European Constitutional Law, Greece – Role of Legislation in Promoting Gender Equality
- Gregor Waltz, Article 1, the Netherlands – Anti-discrimination Data Base
- Sigita Zankovska-Odiņa, Latvian Centre for Human Rights, Latvia
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