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In the Stockholm Programme – ‘An open and secure Europe serving and protecting citizens’, adopted in 2010, the European Council invited the EUinstitutions to “make full use of the expertise of the FRA, and to consult, where appropriate, with the Agency, in line with its mandate, on the development of policies and legislation with implications for fundamental rights”.
FRA may also issue opinions and conclusions to EU institutions and Member States on specific thematic topics. Moreover, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union or the European Commission can request the agency to deliver opinions on EU legislative proposals “as far as their compatibility with fundamental rights are concerned”. This specific task contributes to the agency’s overall objective to support EU institutions and Member States to fully respect fundamental rights.
The FRA maintains particularly close links with the following:
- European Parliament
- Council of the European Union
- European Commission
- EU agencies
- Committee of the Regions
- European Economic and Social Committee