Current best practices

AuthorChiara Favilli
In December 2018 , a new project was promoted, thanks to the restarting of UNAR’s
activity. Th e p roject started in D ecember 2018 and will last for two years, but it is not
possible to understand wh ich actions have been taken in practice.113 The project
‘CO.N.T.R.O. Counter Narratives Against Racism Online’ aims to combat hate speech,
while the project ‘To.Be.Roma Towards a better cooperation and dialogue between
stakeholders inside the Nat ional Roma Platform’, aims to make the integration of people
of Roma origin easier.
It is worth mentioning that the Interinstitutional Agreement on Access to Justice, which
was agreed in 2013 and is aimed at strengthening protection for vulnerable victims, is still
active. Within this framework, a solidarity fund for access to just ice by victims of
discrimination was set up (Fondo di solidarietà per la tutela giurisdizionale delle vittime di
discriminazione). The fund was created by UNAR in order to facilitate access to justice by
victims of discrimination, providing lawyers with part of th e legal costs of actions brought
before the courts (about EUR 600 for each level of judicial proceedings). This amoun t is
not sufficient to cover t he overall legal expenses, bu t it is sufficient to act as an incentive
for lawyers engaging in discrimination cases. In the event of a favourable judgment, the
legal aid provided m ust be refunded to UNAR. Applications must be sent to the National
Lawyers’ Association by individ uals or by collective b odies with the right t o legal standing
(a maximum of three per year). A steering c ommittee made up of lawyers and public
officials from UNAR decide on the allocation of aid, which is an alternative to the legal aid
provided by the state for those who are eligible on the basis of their incomes.
However, no report has so far been published on the application of this finan cial support.
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