Just EUrope

Strengthening the rule of law and human rights in Europe

It is with great regret that we have to inform you we have decided to cancel „Just Europe – Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe“ conference.

The reason for this cancellation is the current situation and the health risks related to spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Europe and globally.

CROSOL’s team has done everything in its power to make this event happen, however we have decided to put the safety of our guests and colleagues a top priority. A number of international meetings have also been cancelled in Croatia, as well as in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe.The situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) has significantly worsened in the last 24 hours, and we can not predict its development in the days to come, especially having in mind that Croatian government, as of today, is also considering to close the borders and airline companies are cancelling the flights. We firmly believe this is the most reasonable decision to make.

CROSOL’s team has invested a great amount of work and energy into organising this event, and we are extremely disappointed to be forced to make this decision. We are very much grateful for all of you who showed huge interest in the event and gave us support in preparations for it. The issue of improvement of the rule of law and human rights in EU’s internal and foreign policy remains important for all of us. In the following weeks, together with our partners we will evaluate the situation and, if possible, do our best to organise a smaller-scale event on the topic of human rights and the rule of law.

All of the updates and information on this will be posted on our website and facebook, so stay tuned.

Let’s hope we can all meet soon in better circumstances and a safe environment.

Hotel International
Zagreb, March 18 2020

European Union has for decades been perceived as a space of guaranteed human rights, rule of law, democracy and freedom for its citizens. Those are some of the fundamental Union values explicitly written in Article 2 of the Treaty of European Union. Its success and stability have been an example for other regions of the world trying to transition to democracy. Although building democratic institutions and rule of law is regarded as a key part of EU’s foreign policy in developing world, today it is also necessary to remember that these processes are continuous
and we cannot disregard them even within the EU.

The Zagreb Just EUrope – Human Rights and Rule of Law conference aims to provide insights for creating better policies and mechanisms for protection of fundamental European values within the member states, part of which is implementing the European Rule of Law mechanism which will link the availability of EU funds with the state of rule of law in member states.

Furthermore, a discussion will be held about introducing annual reports on the state of rule of law in member states in order to have an independent external evaluation of the institutions, as well as on the criteria that should be included in order for the reports to be meaningful and impactful. It is not, however, sufficient to focus only to the state institutions, but also on other pillars of the rule of law and human rights – civil society, watchdogs, human rights defenders and independent media.

Since the Multi-annual Financial Framewok negotiations will be in their eyesight, participants at the conference will debate the best model of implementing the Rights and Values program within the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework and try to define the necessary level of funding which is required for it to be robust and successful.