Building an EU Human Rights Strategy to achieve Social Protection for all
Last year, the EU adopted a new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2015-2019) to keep human rights at the heart of EU external action. In the context of the implementation of the new action plan, SOLIDAR calls the EU to:
- Ensure transparent human rights monitoring and scrutiny by civil society: Set up a transparent and participatory implementation monitoring system of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, in particular with regards to the progressive realisation of Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs) and to ensure the statutory role of civil society in contributing to the EU Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategies.
- Setup ESCR observatories in close cooperation with EU delegations: foster the creation of supervising initiatives (observatories) in close cooperation with EU delegations to monitor the implementation of the different chapters of the Action Plan – and in particular the chapters referring to ESCRs – in partnership with local civil society and social partners.
- Ensure adequate funding through the EIHRD Instrument for the operationalization of the Action Plan: The different chapters of the action plan should receive adequate and continued funding until 2019 following the mid-term implementation review in 2017.