Justice, rights and values: Council adopts programmes of up to €1.8 billion for 2021-2027
The Council yesterday adopted the two programmes which constitute the EU justice, rights and values fund as part of the EU financial framework for 2021-2027. The programmes will help to further promote, strengthen and protect justice, rights and EU values. They will support the further development of an European area of justice based on the rule of law, mutual recognition and mutual trust.
Francisca Van Dunem, Portuguese Minister of Justice yesterday said:
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit us in many ways, from our health to our economic and social fabric, and the recovery efforts will build the Europe we will live in for decades to come. It is of utmost importance to ensure that in doing this we strengthen our democratic and open societies, we build a future based on our common values and we promote our citizens right to justice by further developing a modern, well-functioning justice area. The funding under these programmes will be key to help us achieve this.
The rights and values programme will have an overall budget of maximum 1.55 billion (a budget of €641.7 million, with an additional allocation of maximum €912 million) and it sets out four specific objectives:
- to protect and promote EU values
- to promote equality and rights, including gender equality, anti-discrimination and the rights of children
- to promote citizens engagement and participation in the democratic life of the EU and to raise awareness of the common European history
- to fight violence, notably against children and women
The justice programme will have a budget of €305 million and it sets out the following specific objectives:
- to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters and to promote the rule of law independence and impartiality of the judiciary
- to support and promote judicial training, with a view to fostering a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture
- to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, including by electronic means, and to support the rights of victims of crime as well as the procedural rights of suspects and accused persons
- Position of the Council at first reading and statement of the Council's reasons on the regulation establishing the citizens, equality, rights and values programme
- Position of the Council at first reading and statement of the Council's reasons on the regulation establishing the justice programme
- Rights and values programme: Council presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement (press release, 17 December 2020)
- Justice programme: Council presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement (press release, 18 December 2020)
- Long-term EU budget 2021-2027 and recovery package (background information)
+32 2 281 45 48
+32 470 88 21 99
If you are not a journalist, please send your request to the public information service.
Latest News from
Coronavirus: Commission proposes €6.8 million in total to support 1,700 dismissed workers of air carriers KLM and Finnair07/05/2021 09:25:00
The European Commission yesterday proposed to support 1,200 former workers of KLM in the Netherlands and 500 former workers of Finnair in Finland, who lost their jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on passenger air transport.
Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery06/05/2021 16:33:00
The Commission yesterday updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.
Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market *06/05/2021 15:25:00
The European Commission yesterday proposed a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market.
European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement06/05/2021 14:42:00
The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.
President von der Leyen addresses the High Level Scientific Panel for the Global Health Summit06/05/2021 13:25:00
President von der Leyen yesterday addressed the High Level Scientific Panel for the Global Health Summit.
Speech by President von der Leyen at the State of the Union conference of the European University Institute06/05/2021 12:33:00
Speech given yesterday by President von der Leyen at the State of the Union conference of the European University Institute.
Recovery and Resilience Facility: Poland submits official recovery and resilience plan05/05/2021 09:25:00
The Commission has received an official recovery and resilience plan from Poland. This plan sets out the reforms and public investment projects that Poland plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).
Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU while addressing variants through new ‘emergency brake' mechanism04/05/2021 15:25:00
The Commission yesterday proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.
Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans04/05/2021 13:25:00
The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia.