Lattanzio KIBS carries out analysis and research work for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

European commitment to date

Following the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 8 October 2021, which recognises a healthy and sustainable environment as a universal right, the Council of Europe called on its 46 member states to actively consider recognising the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right at the national level. In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) also passed a resolution recognising the same right.

Article 37 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that a high level of environmental protection and the improvement of environmental quality 'must be integrated into the policies of the Union and ensured in accordance with the principle of sustainable development’. 

The EU also takes numerous measures to implement its environmental policy, including climate policies and strategies to ensure the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and a commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2023, the FRA launched a new project ‘Ensuring environmental protection - the just transition of the EU Green Deal’ to identify the most urgent social dimensions and fundamental rights on green transition and climate change, in light of the UN's Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Fundamental Rights and the Green Deal

The direct intervention of Lattanzio KIBS consists of collecting relevant data and information for the drafting of the report 'Ensuring Environmental Protection - the EU's Green Deal Just Transition' for the FRA.

The outcome of this research provides European institutions and Member States with evidence-based guidance to identify the steps needed to strengthen a just and equitable transition and to best implement the green transition while respecting fundamental rights.

In detail, the Lattanzio KIBS research analyses how Ireland is moving towards the overall 2050 target and includes mitigation and adaptation strategies to develop climate resilient societies and responses to the impacts of climate change. It also explores the links of the EU Green Deal's just transition with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The advice focuses in particular on national climate and energy plans and territorial just transition plans under the Just Transition Fund.

Find out more: The research and data collection activities on fundamental rights in Ireland