The European Union's post for the Special Representative for Human Rights was created as the result of a long-standing request for a representative that would be in charge of enhancing the effectiveness and visibility of E.U.'s Human Rights policy, based on the Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. The post, which provides a strong, independent, flexible and sufficiently broad mandate,aims to accomplish goals such as the strengthening of Democracy, International Justice, Humanitarian Law and the abolition of the death penalty.
In 25 July 2012, the High Representative of the Union for the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, appointed Stavros Lambrinidis as the European Union's first Special Representative for Human Rights, with a two-year mandate.
Stavros Lambrinidis will be joining us to discuss the EU's approach to human rights in its external policies.
Lunch will be served and all are welcome.