March 17th – arrival during the day and side events

09.00 – 16.00
CONCORD Global Education working group*
Hosted by: CONCORD Europe
Venue: Hotel International
*Only for CONCORD members. If you are not a CONCORD member, but are interested in the event, please contact Francesca Minniti at

10.00 – 13.00
Annual Human Rights Conference and presentation of Human Rights Report for Croatia for 2019

Hosted by: Human Rights House Zagreb
Venue: Croatian Journalists Association

15.00 – 16.30
Shrinking civic space through financial mechanisms
Hosted by: Gong
Venue: Hotel International

16.30 – 17.00
Opening of the exhibition “Faces of resistance”
Hosted by: Documenta
Venue: Hotel International

17.00 – 18.30
Thematic discussion: Transitional Justice and Dealing with the Past in EU policies
Hosted by: Documenta – Center for Dealing with the past
Venue: Hotel International

17.00 – 18.30
Migrations and the rule of law in the EU
Hosted by: Center for Peace Studies
Venue: Hotel International
19.00 – 20.00 Reception and dinner
March 18th
09.30 – 09.45 Introduction:

Dražen Bošnjaković, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Croatia

09.45 – 11.00 Why the rule of law matters so much

Judith Sargentini, former MEP and LIBE committee member, The Greens/European Free Alliance
Marta Pardavi, Co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Iris Goldner Lang, Jean Monnet professor, holder of the UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law

Moderator: Gordan Bosanac, CROSOL
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 New rule of law protection mechanisms in EU

Where are we now?
EU funding – rule of law nexus
Peer to peer review

Emmanuel Crabit, Director for Fundamental rights and the Rule of law, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers
Representative/Rapporteur of EU Parliament
Israel Butler, Head of Advocacy, Civil Liberties Union for Europe

Moderator: Tatjana Vlašić, Croatian Ombudsperson’s Advisor

The goal of this panel is to detect where are we at the moment with the new rule of law protection mechanisms presented in the Blueprint for Action. How will the peer to peer mechanism look in reality? Can it be improved? How will the safeguards within the MFF look? What will be the procedures?
12.30 – 13.15 Rights and Values Program – Protecting civic space

Željka Markulin, Government of the Republic of Croatia’ – Office for Cooperation with NGOs
Szymon Ananicz, Stefan Batory Foundation Poland

Moderator: Željka Gracin, Green Action/Friends of the Earth Croatia

Where are we today with the Rights and Values program? How will it be put in practice? Which streamlines do we want to see?
13.15 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 15.15

Parallel session:
New European Commission’s annual report on rule of law in member states – workshop on designing the questionnaire/methodology!

Vanja Škorić, Program Director, ECNL- European Center for Not-for-Profit Law Stichting
Małgorzata Szuleka, Head of Advocacy, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) in Warsaw, Poland
Maja Sever, journalist, Trade Union of Croatian Journalists President

Moderator: Ivan Novosel, Human rights house Zagreb

Format: Introduction speeches and workshop. Participants are invited to contribute to the design of the new EC’s rule of law questionnaire.

The European Commission has announced that it will start with regular yearly reports on the status of rule of law in member states. How will this report be produced? What will be the criteria? What will be the questions? Who and how, will be able to contribute to the report?
14.00 – 15.15

Parallel session:
Independent institutions as rule of law guarantees

Graham Smith, Senior Advisor in the Cabinet of European Ombudsperson
Andreas Accardo, European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Head of the Institutional Cooperation and Networks Unit
Tena Šimonović Einwalter, Croatian Deputy Ombudswoman, Chair of the Executive board of Equinet, member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Nataša Novaković, President of Croatian Conflicts of Interest Prevention Commission

Moderator: Jelena Berković, Gong

There are a number of different independent institutions across the EU member states which have been proven to contribute to the protection of rule of law and human rights besides the judiciary. How can the member states learn from each other on successful independent institutions design? Do we need to introduce some institutions on EU level?
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16.45 The Future of Europe

Talk and Q&A with:

Michael O’Flaherty, Director of European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights
Lora Vidović, Croatian Ombudswoman

Live discussion on the future of Europe in the context of the rule of law and human rights.

Moderator: Ivana Dragičević, N1 television
16.45 – 17.00 Conclusions and closing remarks