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A year in review: FRA highlights 2014

Although 2014 was a period of transition for European Union institutions, FRA continued to address current and upcoming issues relating to the protection of fundamental rights across the EU.

FRA Management Board adopts FRA’s Annual Work Programme 2015

At its meeting in Vienna on 11-12 December 2014, the FRA Management Board adopted the agency’s Annual Work Programme 2015. It also discussed the draft Annual Work Programme 2016, which the Board will adopt in the first quarter of 2015, after the European Commission has delivered an opinion on the draft.

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Das Jahr der Vergewaltigungsdebatten

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Selten wurde über sexuelle Gewalt an Unis so intensiv diskutiert wie 2014. Seit Januar tauchten immer wieder neue Vorwürfe und Skandale in den Medien auf. Eine Chronologie. Im März wird eine Großstudie der EU-Grundrechte-Agentur (FRA) zu Gewalt gegen Frauen in Europa veröffentlicht. Das Ergebnis der Studie: 33 Prozent der Frauen in der ganzen EU gaben an, schon einmal körperliche oder sexuelle Gewalt erfahren zu habe. In Deutschland waren es 35 Prozent der Befragten. Die meisten Vorfälle ereignen sich demnach zu Hause und am Arbeitsplatz.

Criminalising solidarity

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Europolitics: This week we celebrate International Migrants Day [18 December] and International Human Solidarity Day [20 December]. However, there exists a growing trend among EU member states that undermines this display of international unity: the criminalisation of those who express solidarity with migrants in need...In March this year, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) highlighted how solidarity with undocumented migrants is criminalised and penalised in many EU member states and emphasised the urgent need for fundamental rights safeguards to protect non-profit humanitarian assistance in the region...

Afrophobia is 'a reality confronting millions of Europeans'

Parliament Magazine: There are an estimated 7 to 12 million people of African descent and black Europeans in Europe and they are particularly affected by racism and discrimination across the European Union. To date, however, they are one of the most invisible ‘visible’ minorities on the European political agenda. …Millions of black Europeans lack equal access to education, employment, housing, as well as goods and services. A 2009 survey by the EU fundamental rights agency shows that 41 per cent of sub-Saharan African respondents had been discriminated against on the basis of their ethnicity at least once in the previous 12 months...