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CERV – Promote capacity building and awareness on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and activities on strategic litigation relating to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights breaches – 2021

The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme aims to sustain and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law, to protect and promote rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

2 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Regions European Union

Countries with ongoing negotiations and where the association agreement enters in force before grant signature.

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To increase the knowledge and the use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
  • To strenghten the ability of organisations and institutions to engage in strategic litigation activities relating to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights breaches.


  • Priority 1: To contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in line with the Strategy to strengthen the application of the Charter in the EU and to foster a culture of fundamental rights in the Member States;
  • Priority 2: To strengthen the knowledge and ability of practitioners, legal professionals, civil society organisations and independent human rights bodies to effectively engage in litigation practices at national and European level, and to improve access to justice and enforcement of rights under EU law, including the Charter, through training, knowledge sharing and exchange of good practices.

Among financed actions

  • Capacity building and awareness raising activities aiming to increase the knowledge and the use of the EU Charter;
  • Training and train-the-trainer activities for professionals (such as experts, lawyers and legal advisers, communicators, policy and advocacy advisers), including through operational guidance and learning tools;
  • Mutual learning, exchange of good practices, development of working and learning methods, including mentoring programmes that may be transferable to other countries;
  • Analytical activities, such as data collection, when relevant disaggregated by sex, and research, and the creation of tools or data bases (e.g. thematic databases of jurisprudence);
  • Communication activities, including dissemination of information and awareness raising about rights and redress mechanisms, relevant to the priorities of the call.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals.
  • Initial duration of the action: between 12 and 24 months.


  • Be a legal entity (public or private body);
  • Be established in on of the eligible countries;
  • The project can be either national or transnational.
  • Amount of the grant: 2 million euro
  • The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than 75.000 euro
  • Co-financing rate: 90% of the total eligible costs

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