EU funds and Human Rights must go hand in hand!
“The European Commission
should not allow itself to finance, with EU money, actions which are not in line with the highest values of the Union, that is to say, the rights, freedoms and principles recognized by the Charter”, concluded the European Ombudsman in a recent decision. The European Ombudsman
made it clear that the European Commission must ensure greater compliance with European fundamental rights law concerning Member States’ spending of EU funds. European Roma Rights Centre
and a local Italian organisation, Associazione 21 luglio
, contributed to this process by outlining the weaknesses and concerns that emerged from the misspending of money under the EU Cohesion Fund in Italy. The Naples Municipality had planned to build a segregated neighborhood for the #Romani community from the EU earmarked money. After civil society organisations provided information to the European Commission the proposed build has been halted.
The Ombudsman’s guidelines for improvement reflect the particular asks of ERRC, including, creating a clear and transparent framework in which civil society can contribute to the Commission's supervisory role, in addition to the existing working and expert groups and committees.
Find her decision here: http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/en/cases/decision.faces/en/59836/html.bookmarkDecision of the European Ombudsman closing her own-initiative inquiry OI/8/2014/AN concerning...
This own-initiative inquiry concerns how the European Commission ensures that the fundamental rights enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union are complied with when EU cohesion policy is implemented by Member States. It was launched as the Union embarked on a new seven-ye…