Att.Stefania Gicheva and Att. Petromir Kancheff from Kancheff, Gicheva, Marnikas & Partners Law Firm participated in the International Conference on the Exchange of Good Practices on Practical Problems in the Implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, held on 22-24.11.2019 in Sofia.
More than 250 judges and lawyers from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania gathered at the Boyana residence for a three-day joint human rights training. They shared their experience and exchanged good practices on the implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights by national courts. The conference was part of the Hub – How to Implement the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Balkans project, implemented by the Center for Continuing Learning at Sofia University, in partnership with the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Greece and the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest, Romania. The conference was also on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The focus of the conference was on the main theoretical and practical problems of defining the scope of the Charter in its application in EU Member States.
Current issues of defining the scope of the Charter in the light of the ECJ’s recent practice were discussed, as well as the procedural dimensions of the applicability of the Charter to a national court. Limitations on the implementation of certain provisions of the Charter (“norms-principles”) and the common problem of refugee rights in the three countries – in the context of EU law and the Charter – were also considered.
The keynote speakers were Dr. Angela Ward and Dr. Kathleen Gutman of the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg, referees in the office of Attorney General Evgeni Tanchev. Judges from the Supreme Courts of Greece, Romania and Bulgaria presented the experience and problems of implementing the Charter in their respective countries.
The topics were also accompanied by a practical discussion.