Managing Partner att. Stefaniya Gicheva was among the ten Bulgarian attorneys at law selected to participate in a three-day international training seminar on the implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which took place on February 20-22, 2020 in Court of Justice in Milan, Italy. The seminar aimed to promote knowledge of European human rights law and to analyze the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at national level. As well, the seminar focused on the key role of human rights lawyers. The event is part of the Lawyers4Rights Project, which is run by the Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights Foundation in partnership with the Italian Federation of Liberal Professionals (Confprofessioni), the Italian Association of Lawyers (Associazione nazionale forense, ANF), the Milan Bar Association, the University of Burgos (Spain) and the General Council of Spanish Lawyers (Consejo General de la Abogacia Española).

Charter of Fundamental Rights

The workshop focused on two main topics: family reunification and anti-terrorism, analyzing the European legal framework and the case law of the courts in the European Union. An analysis of Italian case-law on the implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights was also presented. On the first day, the seminar was theoretical and in the other two practical issues were discussed in depth.

The training for lawyers from Bulgaria, Italy and Spain was opened by Mrs Tanya Dimitrova – Consul General of Bulgaria in Milan. The first day dealt with the relevant aspects of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights with lecturers – attorneys at the Milan Bar Association, including att. Sylvia Belloni – Coordinator of the Human Rights Commission at AC Milan and Attorney-at-Law. att. Cinzia Calabrese, member of the Milan Bar Association, coordinator of the European Union Commission.

The topic of the second day’s training was Immigration Law – protection of minors and family reunification. Among the speakers were att. Vinicio Nardo – President of the Milan Bar Association, Dilyana Markova – CEO of the Lawyers4Rights Project, lawyer at Sofia Bar Association, att. Maria Gancheva – Head of Communication Policy for Lawyers4Rights Project, prof. Alessia Di Pascale – Professor at University of Milan and prof. Giulia Tiberi – Professor at Insubria University, as well as practicing attorneys, members of Milan Bar Association.

The third day of the training was dedicated to the topic “Terrorism – the rights of suspects and defendants in the course of investigations” with speakers: Stefano Dambruso – Judge, Prof. Emilio De Capitani – Executive Director of the European Fundamental Rights Expert Group, Att. Mathia Ferrero – Member of the Human Rights Committee at the AC Milan, lawyer Alessandro Provera – Researcher at Alta Scuola “Federico Stella”, Cattolica University and att. Paola Regina – Attorney at Law in Milan, International Law Specialist.

During the training, the participants took part in the presentation of a special project – DECALOGUE, a Bulgarian-Italian guide for lawyers assisting citizens affected by violence, which took place on February 20, 2020 at the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Milan. The Decalogue has practically assisted both lawyers from Bulgaria and Italy, as well as all other professionally involved actors in the fight against violence. This publication is also helpful for the Bulgarian citizens who have suffered from all forms of violence and attacks on the individual.

Lawyers from Bulgaria, Italy and Spain will continue to exchange knowledge on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and to use this European act as a basis for protecting citizens’ rights.

For more information regarding the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail: or call us on: +359 2 851 72 59.

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