FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies


As a complement to the on-going evaluation work carried out by the European Commission, and answering to the findings and recommendations of recent studies on EU human rights policies, the main objective of FRAME is to provide the necessary building blocks for the development of a comprehensive and coherent EU human rights policy comprised of: (i) a sound knowledge base taking into account the evolving factors, concepts, institutions and instruments underlying the protection and promotion of human rights at the EU, international and national levels; (ii) a critical examination and appraisal of the EU’s real and potential contribution to global human rights governance through its engagement with multiple actors and partners and through its multiple policies and instruments; (iii) a thorough scrutiny of the effectiveness of human rights promotion in the maze of EU institutions, competences and policies; and (iv) a set of indicators, tools and policy proposals allowing for a consistent and tailor-made integration of human rights in EU external and internal actions and policies. In this way, FRAME offers creative solutions to enhance the effectiveness and coherence of EU human rights policy and provides concrete guidance to EU policy-makers to help resolve problems hindering the protection and promotion of human rights.

On the basis of these general objectives, FRAME’s specific objectives are as follows:

    1. To provide insight into current and emerging key challenges and factors that enable or hinder the protection of human rights in EU external relations and internal policies;

    2. To elucidate the conceptualisation and operationalisation of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the EU, international and regional organisations and third countries;

    3. To appraise the current human rights protection systems (institutions and instruments) at the EU, international and national levels and their interactions;

    4. To assess the EU’s real and potential contribution to global human rights governance through its engagement with the United Nations, European and non-European multilateral regional organisations, regional partnerships and strategic partnerships with third countries;

    5. To evaluate the EU’s real and potential engagement with non-state actors (e.g., businesses, civil society and NGOs) in human rights;

    6. To clarify the division of competences and responsibilities between EU institutions and bodies at the European level and between the EU and the Member States across different policy fields relating to human rights;

    7. To hone the fostering of human rights in EU policies and instruments on development and trade, armed conflicts, the area of freedom, security and justice (e.g., cross-border mobility and counterterrorism) and external human rights and democratisation action policy;

    8. To develop new human rights indicators for the EU;

    9. To formulate policy tools and policy recommendations, including benchmarking, to monitor and improve the effectiveness of EU human rights policy; and

    10. To valorise and disseminate FRAME’s results and recommendations to target groups (e.g., EU and Member State policymakers, civil society stakeholders and intergovernmental institutions) through an up-to-date website, education and training activities and expert workshops.