The FRP is a "mechanism of exchange and pooling of knowledge" created for facilitating a "structured and fruitful dialogue" amongst civil society organisations, between civil society organisations and the FRA, and between civil society organisations and other key players on human rights in the EU. The FRP is not an organisation and there is no membership. Organisations can register to be included in FRA’s database of civil society organisations. FRA’s cooperation with civil society is defined in Art. 10 of its Founding Regulation, and is detailed in its Terms of Reference.
FRA co-operates with:
- non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights
- trade unions
- employers' organisations
- relevant social and professional organisations
- churches, religious, philosophical and non-confessional organisations
- other qualified experts of European and international bodies and organisations.
Methods of cooperation, dialogue and exchange of information include:
- Information exchange (newsletters, reports, communicating through email@example.com, social media, etc).
- Meetings: thematic meetings, Fundamental Rights Forum, Agency country visits, inviting FRA speakers to key events by civil society organisations, speaking at FRA events.
- Contributing to FRA projects from beginning to end.
- Consultations: on Agency work plans, on its annual Fundamental Rights Report and on FRA’s Multi-Annual Framework.
- Communicating outcomes and recommendations of civil society conferences, seminars and meetings relevant to the work of the Agency to the Director and the Scientific Committee
- Capacity building for civil society organisations, in particular in view of enabling appropriate ‘civic space’ and regarding the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
- Assisting FRA’s Director in coordinating FRP activities through the Platform’s Advisory Panel
The Advisory Panel supports FRA’s Director in the organisation and coordination of the FRP. The nature of the Advisory Panel is consultative - it has no representative role on behalf of the FRP or the FRA.
The Panel consists of a maximum of 11 full members, plus observers. Six of the full members are elected by the FRP organisations every two years in electronic elections (all registered organisations can vote and stand for elections), and up to five are appointed by the FRA Director, in order to ensure a wide diversity of types of organisations, thematic areas, gender balance, geographical representation, and international/EU, national and regional/grassroots levels. The Director can in addition appoint up to 3 observers from key civil society networks. Membership in the AP is for a period of two years, the term can be renewed once. The AP meets twice a year. For more details see the FRP Terms of Reference.
Advisory Panel Members (term running until 20 June 2017):
- Tove Linnea Brandvik - European Network on Independent Living (ENIL)
- Valentín González - European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
- Gabriela Hrabanova – ERGO Network for European Roma
- Panagiotis Pardalis – The Smile of the Child
- Pablo Rojas Coppari - Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and Platform for International Cooperation for Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
- Annika Ryngbeck – Social Platform
- Sanja Sarnavka - Human Rights House Zagreb
- Luciano Scagliotti - Centro d’Iniziativa per l’Europa del Piemonte
- Marianne Schulze - Austrian League for Human Rights