6th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting Workshops

Thematic workshops with the FRA

26 April, 11:30 - 13:15 

This session will focus on current FRA activities. In total, FRA will hold 12 workshops and invite FRP participants to provide feedback on its current work, while exploring mutual synergies and finding new opportunities for cooperation.



Sessions overview

Session I : 11:30 - 12:15

Session II: 12:30-13:15


Session I: 11:30 - 12:15

Victim support services for victims of hate crime

  • Henri Nickels, Albin Dearing

Evidence collected by FRA, and others, shows that hate crime is a daily reality throughout the EU. Such violence and crimes can be motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance or by a person’s disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and other biases. Hate crime harms not only those targeted; it affects entire communities, and hence strikes at the heart of EU commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination.

This workshop will look at civil society organisations’ crucial role in supporting victims of hate crime. It will highlight promising practices and explore how national and EU institutions can best support the efforts of civil society in providing help to victims of hate crime.

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Communicating fundamental rights through social media


  • Alison Taylder, Tara Morris, Massimo Toschi

How do we engage with our target audience via social media channels ?

This workshop will enable organisations to exchange knowledge about how they are using social media channels as a communications tool.

  • What is working well, what not so well?
  • Which social media sites do you follow regularly?
  • How would you like to develop your social media channels?

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Cutting across discrimination grounds: how to bring a horizontal approach?

  • Dennis Van Derveur, Maria Amor Estebanez Martin

In this workshop FRA will provide examples of a horizontal approach to non-discrimination and equality research in light of recent policy developments. Participants are invited to contribute to the discussions and provide examples from their organisations on how to bring a horizontal approach to discussions, research and concrete projects promoting non-discrimination and equality.

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Combating violence against women
  • Sami Nevala

FRA is in the process of analysing the results from its EU-wide survey on gender-based violence against women. While the survey results will be available in the beginning of 2014, it’s time to identify which policy processes the survey results could feed into, and how cooperation with various organisations can ensure that the survey results can have an impact on policy making on national and European level.

In this session, participants are encouraged to share ideas on modes of cooperation, activities and events, where the survey results could be presented and discussed. The session will also seek to identify processes where the survey results could inform policy makers. These include the revision of national legislation, or efforts to draft action plans to combat violence against women and to implement and evaluate these action plans.

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Roma inclusion in the EU and the role of civil society organisations


  • Eva Sobotka, Michail Beis, Sheena Keller

What are the next steps for civil society organisations in accelerating the process of Roma inclusion in the EU? Is there new potential that civil society organisations could explore?

The workshop will provide space for civil society organisations to debate:

  • What potential do civil society organisations have to accelerate Roma inclusion in the EU?
  • How civil society organisations set their priorities and whom they represent?
  • What outcomes would be desirable and how to get there?
  • How to involve Roma in processes and policies towards Roma integration?

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FRA cooperation with JHA agencies: Frontex consultative forum


  • Aydan Iyiguengoer, FRA
  • Stefan Kessler, Jesuit Refugee Service
How does the newly-established Frontex Consultative Forum function? What is its potential and what are its limitations?

In this workshop the purpose and objectives of the newly-established Frontex Consultative Forum will be presented.

Discussion will focus around the following questions:
- What other NGOs are active in any comparable body at either national or European level? And what lessons learned, good practices can they share?
- How can the Consultative Forum inform the NGOs work or vice versa?

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Session II: 12:30 - 13:15

The role of civil society in monitoring and increasing reporting of incidents of hate crime
  • Henri Nickels, Albin Dearing


  • Melissa Sonnino, Community Affairs Coordinator, A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI)

Civil society organisations can play an important role in monitoring and recording incidents of hate crime, in close cooperation with law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system. Victims or witnesses can also report hate crimes by using third-party reporting, or systems whereby incidents can be reported through web applications, smartphones and other technological means. The aim of this workshop is to explore how to reinforce the role of civil society in monitoring and increasing reporting of incidents of hate crime to ensure better and more accurate reporting of hate crime incidents.

The workshop will start with a presentation of project ‘Facing Facts’ by the Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. The workshop aims to engage participants in a discussion on strategies how to increase reporting and monitor hate crime in the EU.

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FRA CLARITY project - Complaints, Legal Assistance and Rights Information Tools for You


  • Jana Gajdosova, Alison Taylder, Pia Tirronen

This workshop will present the objectives of the CLARITY pilot project and discuss the needs from the civil society perspective with regard to the functionalities of this online tool. The feedback of FRP participants will be highly valued as they are one of the target groups and possible users of the tool. If your organisation represents, and/or provides advice and information to potential victims of fundamental rights violations, we very much welcome you to attend this session, and to share your ideas and suggestions for the design of this pilot online tool!  

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FRA LGBT survey - How can we make best use of the survey results?


  • Dennis Van Derveur, Miltos Pavlou

In this workshop we will present some first observations based on the results of the survey. The workshop will also focus on the way the survey was set up and then discuss ways forward with the participants. In other words, how to use the results on a national level?

Participants are encouraged to share with FRA how the results should be communicated and used by civil society in EU Member States.

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Antisemitism today – ways forward


  • Sami Nevala, Eva Sobotka
In 2011-2012, FRA communicated the results on various activities related to antisemitism. This session will discuss the possibilities for follow-up action – based on the evidence of FRA research in the area. The participants are invited to discuss various modes of cooperation and joint action, as well as important policy processes at the national, as well as the European level, which should be addressed to improve the situation concerning antisemitism.

Fundamental rights at the local level - challenges and opportunities when working together with local authorities
  • Andreas Accardo

Fulfilling fundamental rights is a shared responsibility across government levels. Local and regional authorities are responsible for many policy areas which have an impact on people's fundamental rights.

This workshop seeks to explore challenges and opportunities for non-governmental human rights organisations when working together with local authorities.

What are the experiences of civil society with local authorities? Which challenges arise? Are there good examples of effective partnerships to promote and protect fundamental rights at the local level?

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FRA – FRP cooperation
  • Joerg Gebhard and Ann-Charlotte Nygard

This workshop will invite participants to explore together how civil society organisations can use the Fundamental Rights Platform to better achieve their goals; and how we can all together improve dialogue and cooperation between FRA and FRP participants. 

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