As an international partner organisation in the EEA and Norway Grants Roma inclusion and empowerment programme in Greece, the Agency took part in stakeholder consultation and programme strategy meetings.
On 25 January, the Agency facilitated the first informal meeting of the subgroup on improving the availability and collection of equality data, set up under the EU High Level Group on Non-Discrimination, Equality and Diversity.
The digital revolution is well under way which we increasingly see in our daily lives. New technology is altering the ways our personal data are being gathered and processed. European Data Protection Day on 28 January is therefore an opportunity to remind us of the growing need for robust personal data safeguards in these times of fast-moving digital change.
International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January is always a time to remember how we can learn useful lessons from the past and apply them to the world around us today in order to promote human rights protection, and a culture of belonging and respect for diversity. The current refugee situation is a case in point.
At the invitation of the Bulgarian Presidency, the Agency presented the findings of the second volume of its report ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU’ to the Council Working Party on Terrorism on 19 January.
The FRA Director met the Bulgarian Ambassador to the EU, H.E. Mr. Dimiter Tzantchev, on 18 January in Brussels, to strengthen and reaffirm the good cooperation between FRA and the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU.
The Italian Parliamentary Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services and for State Secret Control held a conference in Rome on 17 January on the Agency’s second surveillance report that was published in October 2017.