7th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting

The 7th annual Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting with civil society organisations this year will focus on civil society’s contribution to future fundamental rights developments in the fields of freedom, security and justice.

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 plenary sessions of the meeting and the presentation of candidates standing for the Advisory Panel elections can be viewed live from 13.00 CET Thursday 10 April.


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 day 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’
From the meeting



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FRP 2014 - Concept

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FRP 2014 - Programme

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FRP 2014 Programme

Thursday, 10 April 

09.30 -12.00 


(Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 Vienna)

Registered FRP participants will have the chance to learn about FRA’s work and to explore possibilities for cooperation with FRA experts and project managers.



Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Communication and Outreach Department FRA

12.00 – 13.00  

REGISTRATION and sandwich lunch
 (Wien Messe, Messeplatz 1)

13.00 – 13.15


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

13.15 – 13.30


Max Schrems, "Europe vs Facebook" - What can civil society contribute? [ Download presentation ]

13.30 – 14.00


Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA: “Fundamental Rights – the way ahead.” [ Read speech ]

Questions from the floor

14.00 – 15.15

PANEL DEBATE – What’s next for fundamental rights in the EU? Outlook on EU strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice and the role of civil society 

This panel will outline what the different EU institutions aim to achieve in the medium- and long-term in the area of freedom, security and justice area in the EU. There will be a specific focus on the role and possible contribution of civil society, focusing on what works well, what are the obstacles to the effective involvement of civil society, and what else does civil society need to be able to contribute (more) successfully?

Kosmas Boskovits, FREMP Chair of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU (Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens Rights and Free Movement of Persons)

Salla Saastamoinen, Head of Unit DG Justice Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship

Natacha Kazatchkine, Senior Executive Officer, European Institutions Office, Amnesty International

Rosemary Byrne, Associate Professor of International and Human Rights Law, Trinity College Dublin and Chairperson of the FRA Scientific Committee

15.15 – 15.45



15.45 – 18.15

What are civil society concerns and contributions for making fundamental rights a reality in the area of freedom, security and justice?

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.

Key questions:
- In this area, what gaps remain? What works well already?
- What priority actions/initiatives should be considered?
- What contributions could civil society offer in this area? 

15.45 – 17.00

Round 1

17.00 – 18.15

Round 2

18.15 – 19.00

Presentation of candidates standing for the Advisory Panel elections



(Wien Messe)

Friday, 11 April


08.45 – 09.45

Voting for the Advisory Panel elections and welcome coffee

In parallel: “Exhbition” on working group outcomes from Day 1

09.45 – 10.00

Recap of Day 1


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

Round 1

11.00 – 11.25


11.25 – 12.25

Round 2

12.30 – 13.30

Round 3

13.30 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.00


  Member(s) of outgoing FRP Advisory Panel

Announcement of the six newly-elected Members of the Advisory Panel 

15.00 – 15.30

CLOSING REMARKS and next steps

Morten Kjaerum, Director, FRA [ Read speech ]

15.45 – 17.00

Meeting of the new Advisory Panel

There will be interpretation from and into English/French during the plenary sessions.








FRP 2014 - Programme

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Speakers FRP 2014

(In order of appearance)

Maija Sakslin
Maija Sakslin is the Chairperson of the FRA Management Board and Finland’s Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman. She is an expert in constitutional and EU law, especially social rights. Previously, Ms Sakslin was a researcher at the Social Insurance Institution in Finland and at the University of Helsinki’s Institute of International Economic Law. She participated as an expert in a number of working groups on reforming the Finnish constitution. She also took part in various EU research projects, among them the Observatory for Migrant workers and Training and reporting on social security coordination. [ Read speech ]
Morten Kjaerum
Morten Kjaerum has served as Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights since June 2008. Before joining the FRA, Mr Kjaerum served as the founding Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Over 17 years in top executive roles, Mr Kjaerum built the Institute, Denmark’s national human rights institution, into an internationally recognised institution. An expert in human rights implementation, Mr Kjaerum has been a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the President of the International Coordination Committee for National Human Rights Institutions, a network coordinating relations between the United Nations and national institutions. Mr Kaerum has written extensively on issues relating to human rights, in particular on refugee law, the prohibition against racial discrimination, and the role of national human rights institutions. [ Read keynote speech & closing speech ]
Max Schrems
Max Schrems is an Austrian PhD student at the University of Vienna, School of Law. In 2011, he worked as a researcher on the EU “SMART” Project concerning International Data Exchange by Law Enforcement. The same year he has founded the data protection NGO “Europe vs. Facebook” of which he is the Chairperson. Prior to this, he has written a book on private video surveillance. He also gives numerous lectures and talks on Privacy Law (University of Vienna, Zürich, Amsterdam, Santa Clara, Linz, Brno, TU Vienna, European Lawyers Conference, Swiss DPC Conference). [ Download presentation ]
Kosmas Boskovits is currently Deputy Legal Counsellor at the Legal Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he chairs the Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens’ Rights and Free Movement of Persons (FREMP). He holds a post-graduate decree (LLM) and a PhD in European Law from the University of Strasbourg. He has published extensively on issues relating to European integration, mainly on institutional issues. His recent publications include: “The growth of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: shifts of power, institutional models and individual protection, Ευρωπαίων Πολιτεία, 2011/1, (with Professor Skandamis) Rival Securities in Europe and Beyond, Athens, EPLO, 2013, The Greek programmes as an institutional experiment (forthcoming).
 Salla Saastamoinen
Salla Saastamoinen is the Head of Unit of Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child in the Directorate General Justice of the European Commission. The core responsibilities of this unit include ensuring effective implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, promoting the fight against racism and xenophobia as well as the fight against homophobia. In this capacity, Ms Saastamoinen represents the European Commission in the Management Board of the FRA. Ms Saastamoinen has worked for the European Commission for the for the past 17 years, where she has held several positions, including the Head of Unit Civil Justice Policy
Natacha Kazatchkine
Natacha Kazatchkine is Senior Executive Officer, European Institutions Office, Amnesty International. She joined the EU office of Amnesty International in 2005 where she is now Senior Executive Officer, leading on legal affairs, justice and human rights in the EU. Natacha is the coordinator of the Human Rights and Democracy Network’s (Brusselsbased coalition of human rights NGOs) working group on EU internal human rights’ policy. She holds a Master in European law and criminal policy from Paris Sorbonne University and has previously worked as legal adviser for asylum seekers in the UK and as programme coordinator on prison reform in Africa. In 2012, she took leave from Amnesty to assist with the drafting of the European Parliament’s report on the CIA rendition and secret detention programmes in Europe.
Rosemary Byrne
Rosemary Byrne is the Chairperson of the FRA Scientific Committee. She teaches international and human rights law at Trinity College Dublin where she was the founding director of the centre for Post-conflict Justice. She has served a five-year term as a Human Rights Commissioner for the Irish Human Rights Commission, which is the national human right institution established in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement. She has worked extensively in the area of European refugee and asylum rights, as well as in the field of international criminal justice. She is also a Research Fellow and a member of the governing Executive committee of the Institute for International Integration Studies, on the Board of Advisors for the South Asia Democratic Forum, a Visiting professor of International Law at the Paris School of International Affairs, Science Po and at the China-EU School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law.


Friso Roscam Abbing
Friso Roscam Abbing has served as Head of Communication Department at FRA since 2009. Prior to this, Mr Roscam Abbing was a Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice. From 2004–2008, he was the spokesman of European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini, the Commissioner responsible for Freedom, Security and Justice issues. Between 2000 and 2004, he headed the EU Asylum Polices sector at the European Commission's DG Justice, Freedom and Security. Before this, he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE, 1994-2000) after starting his career as Head of the Legal Department at the Dutch Refugee Council (1986-1994).


Background reading

Background reading FRP 2014


  1. What to expect after Stockholm: fundamental rights in the future of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs
  2. Fundamental rights in the future of the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs
  3. The European Union as a Community of values: safeguarding fundamental rights in times of crisis
  4. Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2012
  5. Access to justice in cases of discrimination in the EU – Steps to further equality
  6. Annual Activity Report 2012

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  1. Final report of the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform (2012-2014), February, 2014



  1. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic aand social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - An open and secure Europe: making it happen COM(2014)154 final, 11.03.2014
  2. The future of EU justice policy and the rule of law, European Commission - DG Justice Newsroom 11.03.2014
  3. Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law COM(2014) 158 final, 11.03.2014


  1. The Stockholm programme: what’s next?, European Policy Centre (EPC), 11.07.2013
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Contribution to the EU Public Consultation on the future of home affairs policies, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), January 2014
  5. 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
  6. Assises de la Justice – Call for contributions - ILGA-Europe’s contribution, December 2013
Floor is yours

'The floor is yours': What ideas and promising practices can you share, from civil society involvement in making fundamental rights a reality?

Now available:  FRP 2014 Brochure Floor is Yours

Floor is Yours Invitation to submit requests

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 frp@fra.europa.eu by 14 March 2014.

Please note: registrations sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

Before submitting your registration form, please consult the guidelines for ‘The floor is yours’. Information about the workshops will be published in due course.


The floor is yours - documents





FRP 2014 'The floor is yours' - guidelines

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FRP 2014 - 'The floor is yours' - registration form

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FRP 2014 - Floor is yours - Harvesting document

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FRP 2014 Brochure Floor is Yours

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Floor is yours overview

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Open Day

Open Day




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:

  1. to provide information about FRA work in this specific subject area;
  2. to hear about FRP organisations’ work in this area – exploring common synergies.


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

Entrance checks

You will need to present yourself at the FRA entrance with your ID. Please make sure you are registered for the Open door Day!




Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel 2014

Six members of the FRP Advisory Panel 2014-2016 were elected during the seventh FRP meeting, in line with the Advisory Panel's Terms of Reference, and three will be nominated by the FRA Director.

The Advisory Panel is currently composed of the following FRP members:

Tove Linnea Brandvik
Tove Linnea Brandvik
Nominated by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), my experience from politics has shown me that the mechanisms underlying discrimination are the same, regardless of the grounds for discrimination. Human rights must be safeguarded at several levels of society; legislators must ensure that they are enshrined in law and that anti-discrimination measures are implemented at all levels of society. This work cannot take place exclusively in national forums. International agreements are necessary in order to ensure democratic rights for all inhabitants are in line with human rights. I wish to use my political experience to help to develop international cooperation and dialogue. My experience as a member of the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, has given me important knowledge about the significant role played by legislators in human rights matters. Clear laws and budgetary priorities are necessary if we are to achieve a truly inclusive society.
Valentín González
Valentín González
Nominated by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), I am standing for the election of the FRA Advisory Panel because I firmly believe that this is a historic moment in which it is more important than ever to strengthen the defence of fundamental rights in Europe. I have 20 years of continuous service in activism for strengthening democracy in Spain, European integration, raising awareness against racism, antisemitism, and intolerance, and legal and social help for victims of discrimination and hate crime. These 20 years of continuous service for fundamental rights offer me a fairly complete view of the reality and the challenges we face, particularly in the midst of this economic crisis that threatens to sweep aside the basic principles that constitute the essence of the European social model. So let’s work harder than ever for the fundamental rights cause.
Pablo Rojas Coppari
Pablo Rojas Coppari
I have been working in the area of fundamental rights and strategic advocacy for the past 7 years with migrants, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. I currently coordinate the research and policy portfolio of the MRCI, a Solidar Silver Rose winner. My commitment to fundamental rights stems from my own personal experience as a migrant and as a member of a sexual minority. The support of the Platform for International Cooperation for Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) reflects my knowledge and skills in the area of rights for undocumented migrants, advocacy and labour migration. I have been awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship to conduct doctoral research in labour market policy and socio-economic integration of migrants. I have a range of language skills and an appreciation for detail; I am energetic and committed to advancing rights for minority groups. I would be delighted to increase my commitment to FRA through contributing my time, knowledge, analysis and passion to the work of the Advisory Panel.
Sanja Sarnavka
Sanja Sarnavka
I am a human rights defender. I have been professionally engaged with B.a.B.e since 2000. In 2008 I became a president of the Board of the Human Right House Zagreb, and in 2010 a member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights House Network. Albeit working on very different issues, I am perceived as an expert for gender equality and freedom of expression. I am the author of several books, and produced fourteen documentaries on human rights. As a member of the FRA Advisory Board, I may have the opportunity to learn and share knowledge on gains and losses in the area of protection and promotion of human rights. I strongly believe that the respect for human rights of all EU citizens may eventually be achieved only with joint efforts of many experienced and dedicated actors, and I am willing to participate actively in this challenging, but rewarding process.
Luciano Scagliotti
Luciano Scagliotti
I was born in Asmara (Eritrea) in 1949, an Italian citizen by birth. I am an expert in the fields of racism and ethnic discrimination. I’m Chair of Centro d’Iniziativa per l’Europa, an NGO based in Turin and member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). I am also an independent advisor for equality, antidiscrimination and migration. I think that there is a clear, actual and imminent danger that both national governments, and EU and international/global institutions choose to privilege economic, financial and business interests jeopardizing the access of any person to the actual enjoyment of fundamental rights. A balance can only be found by a stronger and, if needed, renewed action of both the NGO community and those agencies which have the mission and the means to defend civil, political, cultural and social rights for both individuals and groups. The FRP can have an important role in this process; that’s why I’m standing for the FRP elections.
Marianne Schulze
Marianne Schulze
A member of the board of the Austrian League for Human Rights for five years, I have had the opportunity to realign Austrian NGOs ahead of the Universal Periodic Review into a 270 member strong alliance: www.menschenrechte-jetzt.at. This engagement complements, informs and enriches my work as a freelance human rights expert over the last eight years. Covering various thematic fields and spanning a diverse range of policy levels, enabling civil society engagement and strengthening the rights of persons with disabilities are core topics. Having covered national implementation from a policy and law perspective but also from the vantage point of strengthening institutional human rights protection, I regularly engage with regional and international fora to foster the meaningful application of human rights standards. I would hope that the kaleidoscopic nature of my professional and pro bono work would strengthen the civil society engagement of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency further.


Past editions

frp past editions

Audience at the 5th FRP meeting
Plenary at the 6th FRP eeting

6th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 25-26 April 2012

The 6th FRP meeting in 2013 focused on two topics: non-discrimination and hate crime. A panel debate on the first day will consider how civil society organisations together with other actors can contribute to further advancing anti-discrimination policies in the EU. On the second day, victim support organisations and other practitioners will share their experiences helping victims of hate crime and together look for promising practices in the field.

2013 Programme [EN] [FR] (pdf)
2013 Harvesting letter (pdf)

Audience at the 5th FRP meeting
Questions and answers at the 5th FRP meeting

5th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 19-20 April 2012

The 5th FRP meeting in 2012 focused on two topics: Cooperation between national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society protecting victims’ rights and addressing under-reporting; and "Multiple discrimination: mainstreaming intersectionality into fundamental rights work". The event taking place in Vienna attracted participants from about 180 civil society organisations who took the opportunity for networking and good practice exchange. With interactive sessions like ‘The Floor is yours ‘ where participants presented ideas and Thematic workshops with FRA experts the 5th FRP meeting was a dynamic and interactive event where all participants contributed to discussions and together shaped the meeting’s outcomes.

2012 Programme [EN] [FR] (pdf)
2011 Meeting report (pdf)

Audience at the 4th FRP meeting
Audience at the 4th FRP meeting

4th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 14-15 April 2011

In 2011 the FRP meeting focused on three themes – access to justice: how civil society organisations can help victims to claim their rights; cooperation between civil society and the FRA; and participation of civil society organisations in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Besides plenary discussions, the FRP meetings are also an opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking. During ‘The floor is yours’, FRP participants hosted over 30 interactive workshops on a variety of fundamental rights issues. ‘Talking Tables’ provided an opportunity to meet FRA experts and give feedback to ongoing FRA projects.

2011 Programme [EN] [FR] (pdf 89KB)
2011 Meeting report (pdf 1332KB)

Plenary discussion at the 3rd FRP Meeting
Plenary discussion at the 3rd FRP Meeting

3rd Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 15-16 April 2010

The meeting addressed the human rights dimension of poverty and social exclusion and the implication of the Lisbon Treaty on the protection of fundamental rights. The meeting also provided feedback and suggestions for the Agency’s Annual Work Programme 2012.

2010 Programme (pdf 89KB)
2010 Meeting report (pdf 635KB)

Working Groups at the 2nd FRP Meeting
Working Groups at the 2nd FRP Meeting

2nd Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 5-6 May 2009

In 2009 the meeting discussed the impact of the economic crisis on human rights and looked for solutions addressing under-reporting by victims of fundamental rights violations. FRA’s Annual Work Programmes 2010 and 2011 were also discussed during the meeting.

2009 Programme (pdf 87KB)
2009 Meeting report (pdf 174KB)

1st Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Vienna, 7-8 October 2008

For the first time the Fundamental Rights Platform gathered in 2008 with an objective to provide feedback and suggestions for the Agency’s work. The first meeting focused on the FRA’s Annual Work Programme 2009, Annual Report 2008; and discussed the means of effective cooperation between the Agency’s and civil society in the future.

2008 Programme (pdf 53KB)
2008 Meeting report (pdf 50KB)