6th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting Programme

Wednesday, 24 April (optional)



14.30- 18.00

Open day at the Fundamental Rights Agency

(Schwarzenbergplatz 11)

This year for the first time the FRA would like to invite all FRP participants to visit its premises in Vienna, get an up-close look at its work and explore possibilities for cooperation. FRA thematic area experts and project managers will be available the entire afternoon to inform you about the work of the agency and answer any questions you may have.


Informal get-together

Drinks will be served in the atrium of the FRA premises

Thursday, 25 April


Registration and welcome coffee


Plenary session I

Chair: Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Communication Department, FRA

09.30 – 10.30

Welcome and introduction

Maija Sakslin, Chairperson of the Management Board, FRA [ Read speech ]

‘Fundamental Rights Agency: stock-tacking and looking ahead’ Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA [ Read speech ]

Questions and answers

10.30 - 11.00

Keynote address

European Rights and Citizenship Programme: opportunities for civil society

Kinga Göncz, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on Rights and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)

Questions and answers


Coffee break

11.30- 13.00

Fostering anti-discrimination policies in the EU – tools and measures available to civil society

Panel debate with policy makers and experts, followed by a discussion with the audience

This panel will explore how equality policies can be improved in the on-going absence of an anti-discrimination directive extending beyond the area of employment. Reflecting on the prospects for the draft ‘horizontal’ directive, the panel of policymakers and representatives of civil society will examine alternative ways to improve equality policies, focusing in particular on how civil society can contribute to fostering antidiscrimination policies at both the EU and the national levels.


• Raül Romeva i Rueda, Member of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on the Horizontal Anti-Discrimination Directive
Deaglán O’Briain, Chair of the Social Questions Working Party for the Article 19 Directive, Council of the European Union
Juan Gonzalez-Mellizo,Team Leader Non discrimination policies, DG Justice, European Commission
Civil society organisation organisations working on a variety of discrimination grounds will contribute to the debate from the floor.


13.00 - 14.30 Lunch

Plenary session II


Social Rights - The role of The Council of Europe 

Presentation on the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) system of collective complaint

Luis Jimena Quesada, Chair of the European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe [ Download speech (pdf) ]

Questions and answers




"The floor is yours"

As in past years, 'The floor is yours’ invites participants to present ideas, projects or issues that are important to the fundamental rights debate in the EU.

18.30 Evening reception

Friday, 26 April

Plenary session III

Chair: Massimo Toschi, Head of Sector National Human Rights Bodies & FRP-Civil Society, FRA

09.00 - 11.00

Panel debate
Victims of hate crime: challenges and promising practices for victim support

Evidence collected by the FRA, and others, show 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’s commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination.Civil society organisations are uniquely positioned to provide first-hand support for victims of bias-motivated crimes and monitor the situation on the ground.They play a crucial role, helping to bring victims of hate crime together with relevant institutions, building their trust in the police as well as providing essential medical, psychological and legal counselling. This panel debate will highlight some of the promising practices in the field and invite participants to explore together, how national and EU institutions can best support the efforts of civil society in providing help to victims of hate crime.


Joanna Perry, Hate Crime Officer, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), OSCE 

Harald Kröger, Liaison Officer for LGBT-Issues – Central Office for Crime Prevention – Criminal Investigation Department, Berlin Police Department, Germany

Lisbeth Garly Andersen, Project leader, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Judith Sunderland, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Joanna Goodey, Head of Department Freedoms and Justice, FRA


  • Henri Nickels, Programme Manager – Social Research, Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department, FRA 
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break


11.30 - 13.15

Thematic workshops with the FRA

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.

Plenary session IV

13.15 - 13.30

FRP Advisory panel - what has been achieved so far and next steps

Dominika Bychawska, Member of the FRP Advisory Panel [ Download presentation (pdf) ]

13.30 - 13.45 Closing remarks
Morten Kjaerum
, Director, FRA
13.45 Lunch

Advisory Panel meeting (For Advisory Panel members only) [ Download draft agenda (pdf) ]


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