Strengthening the implementation of European human rights standards


Specific objective 1: support the alignment of human rights policies and practice by ensuring compliance of legislative and regulatory frameworks with European standards and capacity-building for legal professionals and National Human Rights Institutions, including the reinforcement of Ombudsmen Offices


  • relevant national legislation is in place and/or amended in line with European human rights standards (criminal justice, social rights, non-discrimination, data protection, social rights).
  • institutional mechanisms and structures are in place and/or operational (e.g. Human Rights Centres, Focal Points and mechanisms as required by conventions, institutionalised consultation procedures).
  • relevant professional groups have knowledge about human rights standards and are able to apply them in their work.
  • relevant national training organisations have strengthened capacity to continuously and sustainably train their target groups on human rights standards.
  • interaction between civil society and authorities in the democratic decision-making process is reinforced.
  • national parliaments have increased awareness of the necessity to revise national legislation and bring it in line with the European Social Charter (revised) as ratified by their country.


Specific objective 2: support the full execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments through reinforcement of parliamentary involvement


  • increased awareness of members of parliaments in the EaP countries’ on the existing parliamentary mechanisms to ensure execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments.
  • increased compliance of the national legal framework with the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • parliamentary committees’ staffs have better capability to assist MPs in ensuring compatibility of national legislation with the ECHR and compliance with European Court of Human Rights case-law.