This will be the first time he will address Members of the European Parliament in his capacity as FRA Director. The report was launched in November 2015 after the European Parliament’s call for thorough research on fundamental rights protection in the context of mass surveillance. He will also present to LIBE the priorities for 2016 of the network of EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, which FRA currently chairs. While in Brussels he will also take part in panel discussions to mark the launch of the European Parliament’s Antiracism and Diversity Intergroup and meet with Brussels-based NGO networks for a first exchange of views on fundamental rights challenges in the EU. Social Platform members, the Human Rights & Democracy Network, and the European Platform on Asylum & Migration have been invited. Other Brussels-based Fundamental Rights Platform organisations are also welcome to attend as well.
FRA Director speaks to the European Parliament and Brussels-based NGOs
On 25 January, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will present the Agency’s report on ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the European Union - Mapping Member States’ legal frameworks’ to members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).