How to participate

The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is pleased to invite non-governmental organisations and other civil society institutions in the field of fundamental rights at national, European or international level to apply to participate in its Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP).

The FRP is open to all interested and qualified stakeholders: non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights, trade unions and employer's' organisations, relevant social and professional organisations, churches, religious, philosophical and non-confessional organisations, universities, and other qualified experts of European and international bodies and organisations.

Given the FRP's current composition the FRA would particularly encourage applications from organisations belonging to the categories below. This will ensure a fair representation of civil society organisations in the FRP, by increasing the balance between the thematic areas that civil society organisations focus on, the Member -States they are based in and the strands of civil society they represent.

  • organisations dealing with visa and border control, compensation of victims, information society and data protection issues;
  • professional and social organisations, trade unions, employer's' organisations and academia;
  • the following Member States of the EU: Finland, Hungary, Luxemburg, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia;
  • grass roots organisations.

The FRP is open and inclusive. To allow for an efficient, structured and fruitful dialogue within the FRP, the Code of Conduct adopted by the FRA Director lays down the basic principles for the selection to and the participation in the FRP. The Code of Conduct has been recently revised, to ensure the FRP best serves the tasks of FRA's Founding Regulation, given its available human and financial resources.

How to participate

Civil Society Organisations wishing to participate in the work of the Fundamental Rights Platform must accept the overall Code of Conduct and:

  • be based in one of the EU Member States;
  • be unreservedly committed to respecting fundamental rights as enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights, and to working for their advancement, protection and promotion;
  • have specific expertise, proven experience and capacity with regard to the protection and promotion of these rights;
  • be committed to engage in a respectful and fruitful dialogue with the other participants in the Platform and to contribute to an overall efficient functioning of the FRP;
  • be able to demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the work of FRA;
  • are representative in the field of their competence at the national, regional, European or international level;
  • have the ability and capacity to act as a link between their own constituencies, national and European networks and the Platform;
  • be able and willing to raise awareness of the fundamental rights issues addressed by the FRA;
  • be able, for the sake of transparency, to provide the FRA on request with detailed information regarding their organisational structure and financial resources.

The call for participation will be continuously open, closing only two months before the FRP Annual Meetings for organisational reasons and reopening immediately after the Annual Meeting takes place. The FRA might temporarily close the call when an adequate balance in the composition of the FRP is achieved. Prior notice will be given on the FRA website.

The final decision whether to accept or reject a candidate organisation lies with the FRA Director. The process for selecting participants is based on a Director's decision on Internal procedures for dealing with applications to the FRP (see below).

Please submit your application by e-mail to frp@fra.europa.eu using the application form which is also attached below.

Privacy Statement: this call for participants is subject to a Data Privacy Statement. Please note that the list of successful applicants will be made public as participants in the Fundamental Rights Platform.

Downloads: 

Code of conduct for the participants of the Fundamental Rights Platform

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Call for participation in the Fundamental Rights Platform - Application form

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Information to data subjects for the call for participation in the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP)

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FRP selection - internal procedures

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