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The EU Special Representatives for Human Rights

The EU Special Representatives for Human Rights

 

SUMMARY OF:

Decision (CFSP) 2019/346 appointing the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS DECISION?

It appoints the European Union's Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights.

KEY POINTS

The EUSR’s role is to promote the European Union's (EU’s) human rights policy objectives as set out in the EU treaties, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy. These include:

  • increasing the EU’s effectiveness, presence and visibility in protecting and promoting human rights, in particular through action in relevant international forums and through cooperation and political dialogue with
    • non-EU countries;
    • relevant partners;
    • businesses;
    • civil society;
    • international and regional organisations;
  • boosting the EU’s contribution to strengthening democracy and institution-building, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide;
  • improving the coherence of EU action on human rights and the integration of human rights in all areas of its dealings with other countries.

The EUSR is responsible for implementing these policy objectives and acts under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR). The Council's Political and Security Committee (PSC) provides him or her with strategic guidance and political direction, and is his or her primary point of contact with the Council of the European Union. The EUSR also works closely with the European External Action Service (EEAS) to ensure coherence and consistency in their respective work in the area of human rights.

The EUSR is responsible for appointing his or her team and ensuring that it possesses the necessary expertise to fulfil its tasks. Members of the team are seconded from EU institutions, EU countries and the EEAS, and must carry out their duties and act in the interest of the mandate of the EUSR.

The EUSR must take all reasonably practicable measures for the security of all staff under its direct authority.

The EUSR reports regularly to:

Reports are circulated via the COREU network.

The original decision has been amended and extended several times, most recently in 2018. Decision (CFSP) 2018/225 provides the EUSR with a budget of €894.178 for the period up to 28 February 2019, when the EUSR’s mandate is due to expire.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 1 March 2019.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/346 of 28 February 2019 appointing the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (OJ L 62, 1.3.2019, pp. 12-15)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Council Decision 2012/440/CFSP of 25 July 2012 appointing the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (OJ L 200, 27.7.2012, pp. 21-23)

Successive amendments to Decision 2012/440/CFSP have been incorporated in the basic text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/260 of 17 February 2015 extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (OJ L 43, 18.2.2015, pp. 29-32)

See consolidated version.

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/346 of 27 February 2017 extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (OJ L 50, 28.2.2017, pp. 66-69)

See consolidated version

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/225 of 15 February 2018 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/346 extending the mandate of the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights (OJ L 43, 16.2.2018, p. 14)

last update 24.08.2018

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