The meeting explored the role of local and regional authorities in promoting and implementing fundamental rights and aimed at sharing knowledge and good practice on three key themes:
The role of local and regional authorities in promoting and implementing fundamental rights in the light of the innovations brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
Setting up independent monitoring bodies at the local and regional level as part of an integrated monitoring of fundamental rights in the EU
Multi-level protection and promotion of fundamental rights of vulnerable persons and the usage of the EU structural funds to promote social inclusion of vulnerable groups, for instance the Roma or persons with intellectual disabilities
|Video address by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, to the conference on "Implementing fundamental rights at the local and regional level following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty", co-organised by the FRA and the EU Committee of the Regions, held at the Hofburg, Vienna, 26 November 2010. See the full transcript in PDF format below|
Luc Van Den Brande, Chair of the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) at the Committee of the Regions
Viviane Reding, Vice-president of the European Union Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria
Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the FRA Management Board
The seminar is the 3rd such event since 2008. The Fundamental Rights Agency's cooperation with the Committee of the Regions serves to engage all levels of governance in the protection and promotion of fundamental rights and to sensitise local and regional authorities throughout the European Union to fundamental rights issues. The annual seminars complement the Agency's input into the consultative work of the Committee of the Regions.
Read the conclusions of the Annual Dialogue on multilevel protection and promotion of fundamental rights.
Find out more about the Fundamental Rights Agency's work with regional and local authorities