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European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy

European Neighbourhood and Integration Policy

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In accordance with its approach of translating between academic research and application in practice, the LBI of Fundamental and Human Rights (LBI-GMR) dedicates itself to the promotion of human rights in and through the EU’s enlargement policy and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The LBI-GMR follows the main goal of contributing to change within the partner countries, for which the process of EU approximation opens a “window of opportunity”, especially as regards accession countries. In this framework the Institute provides policy advice and conducts research on the EU acquis communautaire and on EU good practices with regard to human rights, rule of law and democratic standards.

On the operative level, human rights standards are thus directly being promoted in specific projects in the enlargement respectively neighbourhood countries through capacity building and policy development. Here the main focus lies on the implementation of Twinning projects as the key instrument for acquis approximation and institution building.

Another focus of our work is the strengthening of civil society. Through bilateral projects and initiatives, citizens in partner countries are supported in their efforts to contribute to change processes within the framework of the EU rapprochement.

On a research level, human rights promotion in the said policy fields and the instruments applied are analytically assessed, drawing from insights gained in the afore mentioned projects on the ground. The research findings, in turn, form the background to the Institute’s on-going engagement in the partner countries.


Combating Domestic Violence - Closing Event of the Twinning Project in Azerbaijan

Abschlussveranstaltung des Twinning Projektes

In January 2022 the Twinning project in Azerbaijan dealing with capacity building of state institutions and local monitoring groups will end. The project was implemented in a multinational cooperation between Azerbaijan and EU member states Lithuania and Austria, represented by LBI-GMR, and started in September 2020. The closing event took place on 12 January 2022 - the Austrian project partners were connected online. Austrian Ambassador Alexander Bayerl, Lithuanian Ambassador Egidijus Navikas, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation Peter Michalko and Azerbaijani Deputy Chairperson of the State Committee on Family, Women and Children's Affairs, Sadagat Gahramanova ceremonially opened the event.

VIDEO: Twinning project to strengthen data protection in Albania

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights under the Junior Project Lead Hannes Tretter is advising Albania on the subject of data protection as part of a twinning project. The aim is to align Albanian laws with the EU acquis and to strengthen the responsible institutions. In this recently published video, the project is briefly presented.

Visibility-Event of the IPA-Projcet „EU Support for Rule of Law in North Macedonia”

On May 19th the visibility event of the EU-financed IPA-project took place online. Ms Mojca Kuzmički, team leader of the project, welcomed all the participants. Afterwards, Ms Věra Jourová from the EU-delegation took over and emphasized the importance of keeping up the reform momentum in Northern Macedonia. The goals of the project are reforms of the juridical sector and the fight against corruption, organized crime and terrorism in order to work towards the key priority, the EU-accession of Northern Macedonia.

Call for Applications | Straniak Fellowship – Research Fellow for Project on Rule of Law in North Macedonia

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The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights is happy to announce the call for applications for the 2021 Straniak Fellowship. The Straniak Fellowhip is awarded to young researchers and funded by our strategic partner the Hermann and Marianne Straniak Foundation. 

Kick-Off Meeting: AZERBAIJAN: Strengthening the capacity of State bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan (Twinning)

The kick-off meeting of the EU-funded Twinning project entitled “Strengthening the capacity of the State Bodies and local level referral mechanisms to provide safety and support to the victims of domestic violence” was held remotely on March 29, 2021. More than 60 experts from the participating countries Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Austria were informed about the national challenges in the field of domestic violence and the goals of the project.