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Justice, rights and values: Council adopts programmes of up to €1.8 billion for 2021-2027

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op maandag 19 april 2021.

The Council today 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.

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.

Francisca Van Dunem, Portuguese Minister of Justice

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:


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