Ten years after its creation, the Agency has matured into a unique, independent and trusted centre of excellence on fundamental rights, according to the findings of FRA’s second independent external evaluation. This enables it to offer practical hands-on support drawn from its set of robust evidence-based advice.
Pressing migration concerns persist despite a drop in asylum seekers in parts of the EU. This is according to the Agency’s latest report on migration-related fundamental rights issues. While reviewing the situation over the past two years, it points to difficulties in border crossings and gaining asylum, inadequate reception conditions, protection gaps for unaccompanied children and immigration detention concerns.
The Agency presented the main results of its second EU minorities and discrimination survey (EU-MIDIS II) at the fourth Committee of Senior of Officials meeting held under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
The Agency’s Director, together with the Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department, took part in the Informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council Meeting in Sofia from 25 to 26 January, which was held under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On 26 January, the Agency attended a meeting of the sub-group on unaccompanied children in migration hotspots and the standard operating procedures steering group that was organised by the Italian Ministry of Interior.