60 Ideas for Europe

The European Fundamental Rights Agency should ensure that the EU takes a human rights approach across all its policies in order to better meet the EU’s commitments to human rights. This body would systematically monitor EU legislation and policies – externally and internally – for conformity with human rights standards, and receive complaints when European or national legislations violate the Charter and fundamental rights.
The Agency should also be responsible for the development of Human rights-proofing tools and regular reports on the mainstreaming of human rights in the work of the institutions. With regard to Member States, the role of the agency could be to support a close monitoring of the human rights’ record of Member States and accession countries.

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  1. Elvira POPA Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    February 8th, 2008 at 10:59 am
    If you are an European citizen using a wheelchair, you have no rights at all across Europe: no accessible busses, no elevators at the metro station, no accessible toilets in the city, no good pavements, high rents in roomy houses or roomy hotels etc. All these in Brussels, for example. More over, a wheelchair user for example, is not considered as a human being but as a “disabled”. And the rights are called “for disabled”.
    A wheelchair user cannot make a traineeship because it is paid between 550-650 euro/per month in NGOs which is not enough at all. And also cannot get a job, because the employers count the experience. So, with a degree and a master degree and having commend of languages, a wheelchair user have no chance to get a job in Europe, and involve in social life, except via “programs for disabled” in which totaly obedience is required as a criteria of selection.

    I am a wheelchair user and tell all these by my own experience.

  2. I am disabled myself and was participant in the Pilottraineeship program of the European Parliament. Made excellent experience in the workfield of antidiscrimination policy in the Equal Opportunities Unit of the Parliament. I would describe the working field as: accessible, nice and cooperative colleagues, interesting tasks, political environment. For sure the European Institutions are at the beginning of a process where integration of disabled people is planned, but I believe out of my experience I have as ombudsman for disabled people within the German Antiscrimination Org (NGO), that the Institutions are on a good way! For sure the employment of people with disabilities will enforce the policy of inclusion of people with disabilities in the General Working Market and Society as well.

  3. Human rights are individual defenses against government intervention. The natural “opponent” of human rights therefore is per definition the state. “mainstreaming of human rights” is therefore a misconception.

    I don’t believe that its reasonable to make the state the “enforcement authority” for human rights. And legislative power should rest upon Parliament.

  4. Hello,

    I´d like to contact with a disabled people who did a traineeship at Europe Union.

    Thank you

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