The aim of this guide is to assist members of EuroMed Rights and other human rights NGOs to understand EU policies and decision-making structures, taking into account the changes introduced by the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) since 2015, the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2015-2019, and the bilateral agreements the EU is (re)negotiating with countries of the Southern neighbourhood (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements – DCFTAs, Mobility Partnerships, ENP Partnership Priorities, Advanced Partnership Status, etc.).
The guide further aims to demonstrate and provide practical suggestions on how organisations can advocate towards the EU in the framework of these policies and mechanisms, helping with the identification of the right targets, actors and optimal timing in order to be as effective as possible. It aims to show NGOs what they can ask for and expect from EU institutions, and how these institutions are to be approached. It also focuses on what can be expected from EU Member States, at the capital and field level.