Front Line Defenders

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

4.5 Fte (8)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Front Line Defenders   (FLD)

    EU Transparency Register

    633748221618-41 First registered on 02 May 2016

    Goals / Remit

    Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk (HRDs), people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Human rights defenders at local and national levels are recognised to be essential actors in the struggle for human rights and enjoy the freedom and security to undertake their legitimate activities.
    The mission of Front Line Defenders is to protect, defend, support, and act for and with human rights defenders whose lives and health are at risk because of their peaceful and legitimate activities.
    In providing protection and support to human rights defenders, Front Line Defenders and its staff are committed to:

    focusing on the primacy and centrality of defenders;
    demonstrating profound respect and empathy for defenders;
    meeting the needs expressed by defenders in a fast, flexible and relentless manner;
    achievin (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    Annual Report on Human Rights (Council, EP)
    MFF - External Funding Instruments post 2020
    EU Guidelines on Human Rights (esp. on Human Rights Defenders)
    EU Global Strategy
    Urgent EP Resolutions on human rights
    Human Rights Defenders in debates in DROI, AFET, Cohom
    Human rights defenders in EU agreements and relations with third countries, human rights dialogues
    EU legislative initiative on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence


    Head Office
    First Floor Avoca Court Temple Road
    Blackrock A94 R7W3
    EU Office
    Square Marie - Louise 72
    Brussels 1000


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    All Lobbyists with EP accreditation over time

    4 accreditations were / are live (in bold) for the selected state of 28 Mar 2023

    Name Start date End Date
    Ms Kerstin McCourt 29 Nov 2022 31 Aug 2023
    Ms Kertstin MCCOURT 29 Nov 2022 02 Dec 2022
    Ms Laurent ALDENHOFF 24 Nov 2022 23 Nov 2023
    Alvaro GÓMEZ DEL VALLE 12 Nov 2022 10 Nov 2023
    Ms Margot JONES 10 Nov 2022 09 Nov 2023
    Ms Emma Achilli 15 May 2019 15 May 2020
    Ms Camille GERVAIS 15 May 2019 15 May 2020
    Ms Hannah STOATE 16 Feb 2019 12 May 2019
    Ms Emma Achilli 19 May 2018 15 May 2019
    Mr Omri PREISS 03 Jan 2018 15 Dec 2018
    Ms Emma Achilli 09 Jun 2017 19 May 2018
    Mr Philipp Woschitz 09 Jun 2017 09 Jan 2018
    Mr Philipp Woschitz 18 May 2016 14 May 2017
    Ms Emma Achilli 04 May 2016 03 May 2017

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    Human Rights and Democracy Network
    Front Line Defenders has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
    Front Line Defenders is also a member of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, ESCRNet – the International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, and the International Human Rights Funders Group, and is an Associate Member of Dóchas – The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations
    Lifeline - Embattled CSOs Assistance Fund
    Journalists in Distress Network
    Front Line Defenders is a member of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism,, and sits on its board:

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    EU funding, Grants, Donations

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution Canadian Government 589,734€
    Contribution Robert Bosch Stiftung 75,000€
    Contribution Bread for the World 50,134€
    Contribution Catalan Aid Agency 75,000€
    Contribution Christensen Fund 66,513€
    Contribution Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs 222,314€
    Contribution Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 935,344€
    Contribution European Commission 1,195,485€
    Contribution Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs 190,000€
    Contribution Ford Foundation 870,395€
    Contribution Francophonie 15,000€
    Contribution Goldman Environmental Prie 17,614€
    Contribution Hivos 130,000€
    Contribution Irish Aid 592,337€
    Contribution Lifeline Embattled CSOs Fund 761,209€
    Contribution Misereor 123,231€
    Contribution Norwegian Minisitry of Foreign Affairs 674,689€
    Contribution OAK Foundation 200,000€
    Contribution Open Society Foundations 1,431,338€
    Contribution Sida 1,625,889€
    Contribution Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs 284,371€
    Contribution Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund 37,794€
    Grant EIDHR Afghanistan 225,588€
    Grant EIDHR Bangladesg 16,889€
    Grant EIDHR Sudan 63,986€
    Grant EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism - 736,610€
    Grant IPA - Turkey 93,033€
    Grant EIDHR Venezuela 20,379€
    Grant EIDHR Emergency Fund 9,000€

    Major contributions in current year

    Grant EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism - 824,127€
    Grant EIDHR Afghanistan 88,500€
    Grant EIDHR Bangladesh 51,511€
    Grant EU Emergency Fund 9,000€
    Grant EIDHR Venezuela 30,000€

    Other financial info

    The amounts of EU funding highlighted in point d) refer to EU funding registered as income by Front Line Defenders in most recent closed fisacla year (2022) and current financial year (2023).
    FLD received more funding from the EU in 2022 but this funding was sent to partner organisations: In 2022 FLD received 11.843.448€ for (9.452.109€) and for grants supporting HRDs in Afghanistan (2.391.339€). Of those amounts, 2.165.341€ was income for FLD, the remainder of the funding was sent to partners.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)

    LGBTI Intergroup

    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    7 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't publish information about such meetings. All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

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