The partners

The project is implemented by the Centre for European Constitutional Law – Themistokles and Dimitris Tsatsos Foundation, in collaboration with partner organisations from 14 EU member states.

The value of the partnership lies in its nature as a truly collaborative effort to create a ‘new’ approach to the understanding of fundamental rights in Europe through the viewpoint of end-recipients. The partnership is strong in terms of knowledge, experience, geographical coverage and multi disciplinarity and was formed based on several criteria: insight in the subject matter, related experience and capacity to conduct such extensive research and geographical coverage to reflect intra-EU migration patterns in the last years, including countries with outward migration trends and destination countries.

We invite you to learn more below about the institutions comprising our consortium.

The Centre for European Constitutional Law ( is one of the most active Greek non-profit research institutes. Its objective is to contribute to the development of democratic institutions and the welfare state under the rule of law; to deepen European integration and to strengthen international cooperation with respect for the cultural identity of each state.

Three specialized units operate within its structure: Unit for Better Regulation; Educational Policy Unit; Social Policy Unit. Moreover, a Training Department, the objective of which is to transfer specialized know-how and new skills to legal and judicial practitioners.

The CECL is the national focal point for the European Network of Fundamental Rights (FRANET) of the European Union Agency on Fundamental Rights-FRA, responsible for the systematic collection of data and monitoring of legislative and policy developments in the area of fundamental rights. Furthermore, the CECL enjoys consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and participates with observer status in various UN events. Finally, the Centre is certified for the services it offers by ISO 9001:2008.

The ETC ( is a non-profit organisation that commenced operations in October 1999. Its main aim is to conduct research and training programmes in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in close cooperation with the Karl Franzens University of Graz. The ETC specializes in four areas: fundamental rights, human rights education, human security and human rights at the local level. In addition to the research focus, the ETC also develops and conducts training programmes for civil servants, law enforcement, military forces, judiciary, as well as for staff of international organisations and NGOs in Austria and abroad. Since 2003, the ETC has published the manual ‘Understanding Human Rights’ which is now available in 15 languages. The ETC has been involved in numerous research projects, funded by agencies including inter alia the European Commission (coordinator of FP6 projects HUMSEC and PROMISE, and participation in the FP7 projects – MULTIPART and FRAME), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, UNESCO, EIUC, World University Service, Austrian Development Agency, various Austrian ministries including the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, various national funding agencies including the Austrian Science Fund and the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

KU Leuven is the oldest university in Belgium and the Netherlands, established in 1425. The university consists of 38,638 students, of which 5,631 are international students (2010-2011). About 5,400 junior and senior researchers and 427 PhD students together publish more than 3,000 international peer-reviewed publications yearly. The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of 13 Faculties, with 2,771 students. The Leuven team is based in one of the Faculty’s nine research institutes, the Centre for Sociological Research ( The Centre of Sociological Research consists of 11 professors and about 50 educational and research assistants, organised into nine research areas:

  1. Work & Organisation
  2. Family & Population Studies
  3. Life Sciences & Society Lab
  4. ISPO
  5. Sociology of Education
  6. Social Policy & Social Work
  7. Survey Methodology
  8. Theory, Culture & Religion

Research at the CeSO mainly focuses on: comparative industrial and employment relations in Europe; labour markets and labour markets policy; migration studies; social change and corporate restructuring; social dialogue and systems of workplace representations at both European and national level; economic and industrial development; expatriation and repatriation of management in multinational companies and employment relations; comparative social policy and welfare state systems; European integration and social governance; pension systems. The group is involved in externally funded international and national research projects on labour markets flexibility; social change and restructuring; globalisation, employment and work; changing employment relations; pension systems; social policy and migration.

The research group ‘Work and Organisation’ belongs to the Centre for Sociological Research at the Catholic University of Leuven. It focuses on topics such as quality of work, labour markets, division of labour, organisational change, collective bargaining and industrial relations.

Within this research group, two main research topics can be distinguished: On the one hand, Work and Organisational Change, and on the other hand, employment (industrial) relations and labour markets.

The project is based in the employment and industrial relations research group.

The research of the Employment (industrial) Relations and Labour Markets team focuses on the evolution and transformation of European employment and industrial relations systems as well as their collective and regulatory dimension and labour markets governance, such as collective bargaining, social dialogue and systems of employee voice and representation at work. By framing these developments within changing macro socio-economic and socio-political structures in Europe and globally, we look at the causes of such developments and their effects on working conditions, job quality and social inequality and diversity at work. We combine long-term fundamental research and short-term commissioned projects. In both we maintain independence and integrity of approach. We aim to advance understanding of the rapidly changing world of employment and labour markets through in-depth, critical and theoretically-informed empirical research. In so doing, we also seek to improve the quality of data and analysis available for scientific academic research as well as policy-making by government, employers and trade unions. We are sociologists who operate from a broad inter-disciplinary perspective, by bringing the gaps between different disciplinary community as economy, political science, law, history, business studies and Human Resource Management.

The research team has long-term established linkages with International and European research networks, for example Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU), Warwick University, The Centre for Globalisation and Work(CRIMT), INTREPID (Investigation of Transnationals’ Employment Practices in Multinationals), Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, the Critical Labour Studies (CLS), the European Sociological Association (ESA), Research Network 17 on Work, Employment and Industrial Relations, the American Employment Relations Association (LERA).

Founded in late 1989, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) ( is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organisation fostering the reform process in Bulgaria through impact on policy and civil society.

CSD objectives are:

  • to provide an enhanced institutional and policy capacity for a successful European integration process, especially in the area of justice and home affairs;
  • to promote institutional reform and the practical implementation of democratic values in legal and economic practice;
  • to monitor public attitudes and serve as a watchdog of the institutional reform process.

Areas of activity include: anti-corruption, judicial and penitentiary reform, advancement of human rights through new institutional mechanisms and legislative instruments, promoting good governance, prevention of and fight against crime, etc.

The CSD has pioneered in several areas traditionally perceived as the inviolable public property, such as anti-corruption institutional reform, and national security.

Symfiliosi ( is a non-profit non-governmental and non-partisan research organisation registered in Cyprus whose mission is to actively engage Cypriot society in a dialogue on fundamental rights, accountability, equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination and reconciliation between the two larger communities of Cyprus, Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots, with the aim of promoting a culture of peace and democracy. Its research activities in recent years have focused on anti-racism, anti-discrimination, migrant integration, human trafficking and asylum. Symfiliosi is not limited by shares and has no shareholders. It is run by a management board of seven professionals in the field of law, sociology and political science, whilst its day-to-day activities are coordinated by a steering committee of three board members. Since its establishment in 2005, Symfiliosi participated in numerous EU funded research projects such as ERF, INTI, DAPHNE, PROGRESS, DG Research programs and has carried out a sizeable volume of research work for the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) under a number of contracts.

The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) ( is an independent, non-profit policy research and development think tank that aims at assisting the development of public policy by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. IBS was founded in 1996, in Estonia, and its main areas of expertise are science, technology and innovation policy, social cohesion policies in the areas ofmigration, immigrant integration and fundamental rights, and impact assessment studies and policy evaluations. In addition to theoretical knowledge, IBS provides practical inputs for various public and private initiatives and actions. Institute of Baltic Studies is Estonian national focal point for the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) research network FRANET, as well as national country coordinator for the European Commission’s website on integration (EWSI).

The InstitutFrançais des Droits etLibertés (IFDL) ( is a non-governmental association, mandated to carry out evaluation and research activities to support public debate and action by governmental authorities and institutional partners in the field of human rights, in France and also at the European and international levels. The Institute has been the focal point of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and its predecessor (the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia – EUMC) for the last 9 years. If the cooperation with the FRA has so far been central to the work of the Institute, it has also successfully undertaken work for other institutions, including, at the European level, the European Commission (i-Red project) and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).By way of its mandate and activities, and also as a result of its history and current composition, the Institute is closely linked to the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), which is the French National Human Rights Institution.

The efms (, founded in 1993, is a research institute studying the causes, consequences and broader implications of migration with the aim of contributing to an informed discourse on migration and integration in Germany and Europe. Although acting as a private non-profit organisation, it has a status as an academic institute at the University of Bamberg formally recognized by the Bavarian ministry for research and higher education.

efms research activities encompass forms and dynamics of international migration, and processes and patterns of integration of immigrants and their descendants into the society of destination. Theoretical analysis and empirical research feed into policy counselling activities by efms; most of its projects are practice and policy oriented.

Current research agenda

  • Integration of migrants (integration policy, education, local integration policies, international comparison)
  • Evaluation of integration policies and measures, as well as services for migrants
  • Discrimination of migrants and minorities, racism and preventive diversity policies
  • Migration policy (Germany, EU, international comparison)
  • Migration and integration monitoring (documentation, methodology, legal and administrative background)
  • Irregular migration (human smuggling, trafficking in migrants)

Since 2007 he has been research director of the European research group of the CLIP Network (Cities for Local Integration Policies), and 2004 he was appointed member of the Training Committee and the Financial Committee of the IMISCOE European Network of Excellence. He worked as consultant for the Guide on Intercultural Competences published by the Council of Europe, and for the LINET programme of IOM Brussels.

COSPE ( develops programmes for the promotion of citizenship rights, with a focus on the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. It is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1983 in Italy and works in 30 countries worldwide with around 150 projects, aiming to promote change and ensure fair and sustainable development, human rights, peace and justice. In the field of international cooperation and solidarity COSPE is present in areas of conflict and post-conflict and supports medium and long term processes of economic and social development in impoverished countries. In Italy COSPE works to achieve an intercultural society, to promote projects and programs to ensure migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ inclusion and equal opportunities in terms of education, employment, social inclusion and participation. Cospe encourages the defence and promotion of fundamental and citizenship rights, the fight against discrimination, the education to an active civic and social commitment through activities of research, trainings, campaigns, advocacy and empowerment of vulnerable groups.

Art.1 ( is the Dutch national knowledge centre on discrimination. Art.1 offers customized support to governmental institutions (local, national and international), companies and other organizations in preventing and combating discrimination and promoting equality. The research department of Art.1 is specialised in carrying out sociological and legal research on discrimination related topics. The name of Art.1 refers to the first article of the Dutch constitution, which reads “All persons in the Netherlands shall be treated equally in equal circumstances. Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief, political opinion, race or sex or on any other grounds whatsoever shall not be permitted.” Art.1 is based in Rotterdam and is linked to the regional anti-discrimination organization RADAR. The two organizations belong to the holding RADAR Inc..

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) ( was founded in 1989, but its emergence was preceded by seven years of work of the Helsinki Committee in Poland, which had operated in the underground since 1982. After the political transformation in 1989, the members of the Committee decided to come out into the open and to establish an independent institute for research and education in human rights. At present, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights is a large, highly professional, apolitical human rights organisation, dealing with research and monitoring of human rights observance, public interest action and intervention, and human rights education. The HFHR operates to promote human rights as a basis for functioning of the state and the civil society, strenghten respect for human dignity and human rights, and develop the culture of human rights in Poland. The tasks currently performed by the HFHR can be devided into four main groups: (1) research and monitoring of human rights, including situation of national minorities, migrants and other vulnarable groups, (2) free legal assistance for Polish citizens as well as for migrants, refugees, national and ethnic minorities, (3) public interest action and intervention, and (4) human rights education. The HFHR representatives also contribute as consultants and experts for parliamentary committees and governmental advisory groups as well as comment on human rights issues for the media. The HFR closely cooperates with major international human rights institutions: Council of Europe, OSCE/ODIHR, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, and the UN. In 2007, the HFHR obtained consultative status within ECOSOC. Upon request of different Parliamentary committees, HFHR representatives contribute, as human rights experts, to the debates on constitutional, police, military, prison, penal, medical, family, and minorities’ rights law.

Centro de Estudos para aIntervenção Social (Centre for Studies for Social Intervention) ( is a non-governmental, independent organisation of researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds concerned to promote evidence-based, policy-relevant research at both national and European level.Among the areas of research that have secured a continuity of programmes and projects, giving rise to research reports, seminar exposés, articles and books and pedagogical tools, the following are worth mentioning: Labour and employment; Working conditions; Social dialogue; Poverty and social inclusion; Ageing and older people; Mobility, migration and ethnic minorities; Homeless people; Gender equality; Time use and work life balance; Gender-based violence; Social enterprises; Children and youth from disadvantaged environments; Social policies and social protection.

Institute for Public Policy (IPP) ( is a Romanian non-governmental organization campaigning to improve the quality of public policy-making processes in Romania.

Carrying out research, advocacy and research in areas such as public administration reform, transparency of institutions, the integrity of elected representatives and officials, IPP is one of the most objective and incisive organizations in Romania, being recognized as an authority in its fields of excellence. Along with research departments within its areas of reference, the Institute developed, based on internal expertise, two specialized divisions which today offers high quality services to beneficiaries and clients from the public sector (central public authorities and local government – ministries, municipalities, county councils) and private (chambers of commerce, companies, organizations and international).

The University Institute of Studies on Migration ( was established in 1994 as a specialist center for research and teaching in this field, with the aim of addressing the complexity and political and social transformations created by the phenomenon of migration. The activities and successful completion of the objectives of the institute are possible thanks to the interdisciplinary team, comprised of researchers and teachers with different backgrounds in social and human sciences (economics, actuarial science, sociology, social anthropology, education, law, social work, political science and theology) who works in the field of international migration and human mobility. Some lines of Research in International Migration and Development Cooperation are Background, processes and spheres of integration, Design of Public Policies and Integration, Identity, Second Generations, International, community and Spanish law on immigration, asylum and refugee, migration, development, and development cooperation, Ethics of migration and development cooperation.  IUEM has participated in numerous EU funded research projects such as minors rights: access to justice for children at risk of social exclusion, CLAIMS: Child Law for an Innovative Methodology (Partner), Integration of Qualified Third Country Nationals in Europe: a New Proposal for Circular Talent Management (Coordinator) . Developing directive-compatible practices for the identification, assessment and referral of victims (Partner), “The reality of free movement for young European citizens migrating in times of crisis (Partner).  In addition since 2013 the IUEM has been selected as national contact point of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to provide with objective, reliable and comparable data on fundamental rights issues to facilitate the FRA’s comparative analyses at EU level.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( supports and promotes legal research in its broadest sense, both nationally and internationally, provides services to the law schools of the University of London, and brings together the academic and the practicing legal professions for the benefit of the legal system as a whole.  Founded in 1947, it houses specialist research centres and innovative partnerships and is home to an active community of researchers, fellows and postgraduate students.  It promotes new research agendas in specialist and interdisciplinary areas of law with direct effect on policy and practice. It provides research training and online services, a meeting place for organisations and legal scholars from around the world, one of the world’s great legal research libraries, and a busy programme of seminars and public events.