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New Chairperson of FRA’s Management Board takes office

The new Chairperson of the FRA Management Board Frauke Lisa Seidensticker takes office on 28 March 2015. She was elected by the FRA Management Board at its 20th Meeting in December 2014. Manfred Nowak was re-elected as Vice-Chairperson.

New FRA Executive Board takes office

At the 20th FRA Management Board Meeting in December 2014, Anete Erdmane, the Latvian Member of the Management Board, and Mirosław Wróblewski, the Polish Member of the Management Board, were elected as new Members of the Executive Board.

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Strategies for dealing with IS-Returnees
ORF Radio Interview: FRA Director Morten Kjaerum speaks following the "Fighting Jihadism Together conference in Vienna. “A father has told me he has brought his son back from fighting with IS,” says Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Many young people have said they had wanted to leave, but didn’t know how or what would happen to them on return. The thought of the police, or going to jail frightens them. “They don’t know what to do, what will meet them.” “There is a large number of young people who have travelled to Syria or Iraq, only to find that it is Hell, not as romantic as presented on the internet by IS, and they want to get out.”
EU Observer: What if, this year, the European Union celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March by taking bold action to stop violence against women? The EU can lead by example if it begins the process of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the ground-breaking Council of Europe treaty to end violence against women...A major study by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in 2014 caused shock waves when it found that one in three women surveyed across the EU had experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15...
Irish Examiner: The European Central Bank needs to be challenged in the courts over its continued refusal to acknowledge social and employment rights in its role in enforcing austerity, according to Labour TD Michael McNamara. …The EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna vets legislative proposals before they are negotiated by the council representing member states and the European Parliament — but it is not asked to look at the amendments, says Mr McNamara who worked with the OSCE in Vienna. The European Parliament must engage more with the Rights Agency, he concludes…