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The FRA and the European Union Committee of the Regions (CoR) held their 3rd Annual Dialogue on Multi-level Protection and Promotion of Fundamental Rights. This year's event was entitled ‘Implementing fundamental rights of irregular migrants - toward multi-level governance'.
The event brought together members of the CIVEX Commission of the Committee of the Regions, regional and local authorities, as well as representatives from other EU institutions and bodies.
The meeting focused on
Exploring the contribution of local and regional authorities in facilitating access to rights for irregular migrants
Sharing knowledge on existing promising practices at local and regional level
Discussing the opportunities for action at European and Member State levels
Discussing the need for horizontal and vertical coordination between the various levels
Conclusions from the Annual Dialogue will feed into the discussion at the ‘Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Dignity and rights of irregular migrants'- Agency's flagship annual event, organised in cooperation with the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference will take place on 21-22 November in Warsaw.
Luc Van den Brande, chair of the CIVEX Commission
Morten Kjaerum, Director of the FRA
Stefano Manservisi, Director General for Home Affairs, European Commission
Representatives of the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe and several European cities. 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.
Find out more about the Fundamental Rights Agency's work with regional and local authorities
Speech by Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights