Overview
Citizenship rights (non-discrimination, freedom of movement) and, since 2009, fundamental rights under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, can in certain circumstances be protected through national courts and through referral to the European Court of Justice.The private sector has been traditionally the main actor using EU law to enforce rules through the courts. However activists and civil society can and should play an active role in the legal protection of citizen rights, both through supporting individuals and by bringing cases where allowed in national law.

There are also situations however where the laws in force at the European level do not provide adequate protection. In these situations, activists and civil society organisations can play an active role in pressing transnationally for alternatives – from a Copenhagen Commission to working with EU and Council of Europe bodies.

This session aims to provide participants with an understanding of what rights are enforceable, how civil society can act to support the protection of citizen rights using EU law, and what support exists to do this. It also looks to where legal protections are not enough and how civil society can push for stronger rights protection, as well as identifying areas where civil society can work strategically on this.

 

Core Topics

EU Citizenship and Fundamental rights

Legal enforcement of rights

Campaigning to close legal loopholes

Building transnational networks

Competences developed
Understanding of when rights are legally enforceable at the EU level and how they can be enforced, understanding of when rights are not legally enforceable and alternative proposals, understanding of EU fundamental and citizenship rights

Target audience
Civil society organisations looking to build their capacity to work on the protection of rights through legal processes and through ensuring that rights can be enforced.

Speakers

István Hegedűs, Hungarian Europe Society

Anikó Bakonyi, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Attila Mráz (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

Dorka Mező, Migration Aid

Veronika Móra, director of Ökotárs Foundation

Alba Villaneuva, No somos delito

Mária Kovács (professor, Central European University

Attila Melegh, Budapest Corvinus University

Ernő Simon, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Daniele Archibugi, Italian National Research Council, Birkbeck University

Tamás Fazekas and Júlia Iván

Oli Henman, CIVICUS

András László Pa, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Györgyi Kocsis, Hungarian Europe Society

Chai Patel, Migrants’ Rights Network

Judit Bayer (media lawyer, member of the Hungarian Europe Society

Péter Hack, Associate Professor at ELTE University

Agenda and documents

MEDIA TRAINING

MEDIA TRAINING

CONSTITUTIONALISM TRAINING

CONSTITUTIONALISM TRAINING

Activists

  • João Labrincha
    João Labrincha
    Academia Cidada
  • Dimo Gospodinov
    Dimo Gospodinov
    Move BG
  • Mariuca Oana Constantin
    Mariuca Oana Constantin
  • Nazanin	Sepehri
    Nazanin Sepehri
    Borders of Mobility
  • Le Tran
    Le Tran
  • Bistra Ivanova
    Bistra Ivanova
    Multi Kulti Collective
  • Bledar Feta
    Bledar Feta
    Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
  • Mariann Dosa
    Mariann Dosa
    School of Public Life
  • Leonie Jegen
    Leonie Jegen
    Alignment for Dignity
  • George-Konstantinos Charonis
    George-Konstantinos Charonis
    European Youth Forum
  • Behrang Kianzad
    Behrang Kianzad
    Musicians against racism
João Labrincha
Academia Cidada

The Citizenship Academy’s main goal is to boost active citizenship and the construction of development roots with principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Our ambition is to empower people and organizations in the exercise of deepening democracy. Educational, communicative and artistic activities are our areas of intervention. Non-formal education and participative and active research are our methodologies.

blog.academiacidada.org

Dimo Gospodinov
Move BG

MoveBG is a community of people who share common moral values and principles, strive for the democratic development of Bulgaria, actively participate in the European process and create sustainable development policies. MoveBG is where experts and progressive citizens come together to participate in the search and discovery of adequate, balanced, long-term solutions for the state and society. MoveBG combines expertise and civic energy to build a better, modern, democratic European Bulgaria.

movebg.com

Mariuca Oana Constantin
Nazanin Sepehri
Borders of Mobility
Le Tran

Le Tran calls Oakland, California, and Ho Chi Minh City his two homes. His work largely focuses on racial justice and solidarity among youth and refugee groups, which has taken him France, southeast Asia, and Canada. Currently Le is based in Madrid, where he works in education and social justice.

Bistra Ivanova
Multi Kulti Collective
Bistra Ivanova has been working passionately in the field of integration of migrants and refugees in Bulgaria (co-founder and deputy chair of Multi Kulti Collective) and building volunteering culture in developing societies (chair of TimeHeroes.org) in the last 5 years.
BA in Media Studies (Sofia University), MA in Financial Management and Marketing (University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Sofia), Migration Policy in a European Context course (Central European University, Hungary).
Awarded Volunteer of the Year 2011 (Astika Foundation, Bulgaria), 40 under 40 2014 (Darik Radio, Bulgaria), nominated Human of the Year 2014 (Bulgarian Helsinki Committee). Incoming Curator of the Sofia Hub of Global Shapers of World Economic Forum in 2016.
multikulti.bg
timeheroes.org/en/
Bledar Feta
Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

A native of Albania who has been living in Greece since 1998, Bledar Feta studied European and International Relations at University of Piraeus and obtained his master degree from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Bledar is a Research Associate and Policy Analyst for the South East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy where he analyzes the political, economic and social developments in Albania, Kosovo and the Albanian inhabited areas of the Western Balkans. He previously worked as a Project Evaluator for the UK’s Department for International Development in Kosovo, as a Political Analyst for Oxford Analytica, as a Junior Researcher at the Joint Policy Program between the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) in Athens and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and as a Liaison Officer for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bledar has published several reports for the South East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP and a number of insightful short analyses for top Western European and Balkan media such as EurActive, BalkanInsight, TransConflict and Tirana Times.

Expertise in International Relations and European Studies with a special regional focus on the South Eastern Europe. Experience in government, private and non-profit work, in policy analysis, research and international affairs. Specialties: Foreign Policy Analysis, European Integration of Western Balkan Countries, Politics in Albania and Kosovo.

Mariann Dosa
School of Public Life
The School of Public Life is a community-based training, research and development center that develops democratic culture in Hungary by improving the citizenship skills of people living in social exclusion, supporting social movements and groups that fight for social justice, pursuing participatory and community-based research about social exclusion and democracy, and supporting the active public participation of disadvantaged individuals.
 
Based in Budapest, the School works to ensure that socially, economically, culturally, physically and ethnically disadvantaged groups are fully aware of their rights, are able to articulate their needs and interests and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to enforce these in practice.

 

Leonie Jegen
Alignment for Dignity

During the last years Leonie’s main field of political work has been immigration policy with a special focus on EU and national refugee and asylum policy. She has been active in several groups in multiple places. Having worked and studied in France, the Netherlands, Greece and Morocco has broadened her horizons and made her value transnational links in activist work.

George-Konstantinos Charonis
European Youth Forum

The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations, we believe youth organisations are the tool through which we empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.

The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interest and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s problems.

www.youthforum.org

Behrang Kianzad
Musicians against racism

Musicians Against Racism is a politically and religiously independent association. The initiative was taken in 2012 by Alexander Goldmann in Gothenburg as a reaction to escalating racism. In 2013 non-profit associations were formed in Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm.

Our vision is that the music is a force to influence people to take an active stand against racism and for diversity in their everyday lives. Musicians Against Racism also aims for all events to be 50/50 men and women. The work of the association is entirely voluntary and events are not for profit.

Musicians Against Racisim collaborates with among others SSensus, ABF and other educational associations, Stiftelsen Expo, Uddevalla Solid Sound, and other public / private stakeholders.

www.musikermotrasism.se