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The agency’s 90 staff members include legal experts, political and social scientists, statisticians, and communication and networking experts. Their work is guided by the FRA Management Board.
The Board is responsible for defining the agency’s work priorities, approving its budget and monitoring its work. It is comprised of independent experts, one appointed by each Member State, two European Commission representatives and one independent expert appointed by the Council of Europe sit on the board.
The FRA is the successor to the former European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). It continues the work of the EUMC in the area of racism, xenophobia and related intolerances, but in the context of a much broader mandate. The EUMC was established in Vienna as an independent body of the European Union in 1997. The EUMC's activities started in 1998 and ended on 28 February 2007.