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7th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
In this year’s FRP meeting, FRA invites civil society organisations to identify concrete suggestions that should inform decision-makers when shaping the future of justice and home affairs in the EU. The 2014 FRP meeting will focus on ’Future fundamental rights priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice – The contribution of civil society’.
The meeting aims to
- inform and raise awareness about current EU-level discussions on future fundamental rights developments in the area of freedom, security and justice;
- encourage a debate on the role of civil society in future justice and home affairs policies. The meeting should come up with concrete suggestions in order to inform policy makers on key priorities, concerns and proposals for contributions of civil society in this area;
- enable the exchange of promising practices, in particular related to a strengthened role of civil society in making fundamental rights a reality;
- provide a platform where civil society organisations can exchange views with policy makers, with FRA, and with other civil society organisations.
This year, the Stockholm Programme which sets out the European Union’s priorities for the area of “freedom, security and justice” during 2010–14, will come to an end. The EU institutions are currently discussing key priorities that should shape the Union’s policies in this area for the years to come by taking stock of the achievements and developments so far.
Key concerns in this area include:
- how trust in Member States’ legal systems can be enhanced in parallel with the increasing cross-border nature of justice in the EU;
- how the common asylum system can be improved;
- how security issues could be addressed;
- how extremism should best be addressed;
- and overall how the EU acquis is applied on the ground.
An essential component in this area is fundamental rights.
The 7th FRP meeting will bring together around 200 civil society organisations from among those participating in the Fundamental Rights Platform.
Representatives from EU institutions and bodies (including EU agencies working in the area of freedom, security and justice), as well as from national level human rights structures will also be invited.
Open door at FRA premises
The FRA will organise an Open Door morning at the FRA premises just before the beginning of the FRP meeting. Registered FRP participants will get an up-close look at the Agency’s work.
Format and programme outline
The FRP meeting will start at 1pm on Thursday 10 April and end at 3.30 pm on Friday 11 April.
The meeting will consist of:
- two keynote speeches;
- one high level panel debate;
- workshops and knowledge and promising practice exchange at ‘The floor is yours’
OPEN DAY AT THE EU FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AGENCY
(Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 Vienna)
Registered FRP participants will get a detailed look at the agency’s work. FRA experts and project managers will be available for two consecutive sessions to inform you about FRA’s work and to explore possibilities for cooperation.
PLENARY SESSION I
Moderators: Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Communication and Outreach Department, FRA, and Aydan Iyigüngör, FRA Programme Manager
|12.00 – 13.00||
REGISTRATION and sandwich lunch
|13.00 – 13.15||
WELCOME and INTRODUCTION
Maija Sakslin, Chairperson of FRA Management Board
13.15 – 14.00
Speaker, tbc, “The contribution of civil society to making fundamental rights a reality” (working title)
Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA: “Fundamental Rights – the way ahead.”
Questions from the floor
|14.00 – 15.15||
PANEL DEBATE – outlook on EU strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice
Panel debate with policy makers, followed by a discussion with FRP participants
This panel will discuss the EU institutions’ obligation to take fundamental rights into account when developing legislation and policies. It will outline what the different EU institutions aim to achieve for the medium- and long-term future of the freedom, security and justice area in the EU.
European Parliament tbc
|15.15 – 15.45||
|15.45 – 18.00||
WORKING GROUPS :
Two rounds of six working groups each. The topics will be based on what meeting participants see as key challenges, as collected ahead of the meeting via an online survey.
|15.45 – 16.50||
|16.55 – 18.00||
|18.00 – 19.00||
Presentation of candidates standing for the Advisory Panel elections
Friday, 11 April
PLENARY SESSION II
|08.45 – 09.45||
Voting for the Advisory Panel elections and welcome coffee
In parallel: “Exhibition” on working group outcomes from Day 1
THE FLOOR IS YOURS
|10.00 – 13.30||
THE FLOOR IS YOURS: What ideas and promising practices can you share from civil society involvement in making fundamental rights a reality?
The ‘Floor is yours’ invites participants to bring together and share their practices of making fundamental rights a reality. This should result in a ‘catalogue of practices’, to be provided to EU institutions and Member States.
|10.00 – 11.00||
|11.00 – 11.25||
|11.25 – 12.25||
|12.30 – 13.30||
|13.30 – 14.30||
|14.30 – 15.00||
FRP ADVISORY PANEL – Handover
Member(s) of outgoing FRP Advisory Panel
Announcement of the six elected Members of the Advisory Panel
|15.00 – 15.30||
CLOSING REMARKS and next steps
Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA
|15.30 – 17.00||
Meeting of the new Advisory Panel
- Paper: What to expect after Stockholm: fundamental rights in the future of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), 31.12.2013
- The Stockholm programme: what’s next?, European Policy Centre (EPC), 11.07.2013
- Putting the worker back at the heart of future strategic guidelines in terms of freedom, security and justice, European Confederation of Independent Trade Union (CESI), 18.09.2013
- 2014-2019: Strengthening defence rights in the European Union co-written by JUSTICE, Fair Trials International, JUSTICIA European Rights Network, Open Society Justice Initiative and The Irish Council for Civil Liberties, last update: 03.02.2014
- Contribution to the EU Public Consultation on the future of home affairs policies, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), January 2014
- Contributions received to the open call for contributions to the reflection on future agenda for Home Affairs on the European Commission Home Affairs webpage, last update: 03.02.2014
- Final report of the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform (2012-2014), February, 2014
If you have an inquiry, an idea, a role model or a promising practice that you would like to share and discuss with other participants, please sign up for your own ‘Floor is yours’ session during the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting.
‘The Floor is yours‘ is an open space for you, as a participant at the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), to share ideas and promising practices, and to ask questions that are important to you and discuss them with colleagues from across the EU.
The aim of this session is to develop a ‘catalogue of ideas and existing practices’, presenting how civil society is, or could/should be, involved in making fundamental rights a reality. In this sense, this session also allows for cross-fertilisation of ideas between different civil society organisations and with other meeting participants.
Any FRP participant can sign up to host a session. This session really IS YOURS!
FRP organisations are entirely responsible for the workshop’s content. The quality of the discussions depends on the preparation, engagement and responsibility of the host and of each participant.
In order to ensure that session outcomes can feed into the overall meeting report, it is important that key messages are noted down, and reported back to FRA. A template to this effect will be made available to session hosts.
If you are interested in hosting a session, please complete the registration form below and send it to email@example.com by 14 March 2014.
Please note: registrations sent after the deadline will not be accepted.
The floor is yours - documents
- The floor is yours - Registration form
- The floor is yours - Guidelines
- The floor is yours - Harvesting template
OPEN DAY AT THE FRA - 10 APRIL 2014
Ahead of the annual FRP meeting, FRA again invites all FRP participants to visit its premises
in Vienna, to get an up-close look at its work and identify synergies.
The aim of the Open Day is to:
- Provide an opportunity for FRP participants to visit FRA premises and meet our experts face-to-face;
- Inform FRP organisations about the agency’s work in specific thematic areas;
- Exchange views and ideas on issues of joint concern.
The timeframe dedicated to the Open Door event will be from 9.30 to 12:00 on 10 April 2014.
The registration for the FRP meeting will then start from 12:00 at the Wien Messe and will last one hour, during which a sandwich lunch will be served. The start of the FRP meeting will be at 13h sharp.
Welcome and introduction
The Open Day will start with a half-hour welcome session in the conference room, where all guests will be offered a general introduction into the agency’s mandate and scope of activities.
Then, there will be 2 consecutive rounds of meetings, covering each 6 topics from among the FRA’s current projects. FRA experts and project managers will meet FRP participants. The aim of each roundtable includes:
- to provide information about FRA work in this specific subject area;
- to hear about FRP organisations’ work in this area – exploring common synergies.
A concrete list of topics discussed will be made available soon.
09:30 – 10:00 Introduction into FRA’s mandate and scope of activities with Questions & Answers
10:05 – 11:00 First round of 6 meetings
11:05 – 12:00 Second round of 6 meetings
You will need to present yourself at the FRA entrance with your ID. Please make sure you are registered for the Open door Day!
Participation at the meeting is only possible for organisations part of the Fundamental Rights Platform (strictly one participant per organisation only). Participation of other guests and observers is by invitation only.
For more information about the Fundamental Rights Platform meeting and possibilities to participate, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information on how to get to the FRA premises on our contact page.
Location & how to get there
The meeting will take place on 10-11 April 2014 in Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center in Vienna.
Wien Exhibition & Congress Center
Messeplatz 1 PF 277
AT - 1021 Vienna
The venue is served by two underground stations: U1 (Praterstern stop) and U2 (Prater Messe stop). The venue also has excellent links with the airport, the highway and rail networks. You can reach it in 20 minutes by taxi from the Vienna International Airport.
The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. In case you need further assistance, please get in touch with the organisers. We will do our best to cater for your individual needs.
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