7th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting

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.