The Agency took part in the Council of Europe’s drafting group responsible for developing standards on guardianship for children in the context of migration. The meeting, held in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 September, discussed issues related to the organisation of guardianship systems.
On 7 September, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty gave a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the European Law Institute. He stressed the good partnership between FRA and the Institute, as well as their shared commitment to human rights and the rule of law.
On 26 July the Agency presented its paper on the interoperability of the EU’s borders and security information systems during the DAPIX Working Party on Interoperability of EU information systems, following an invitation from the Estonian Presidency. Delegations received copies of the report as well as a summary of FRA’s main points.
The Agency was an observer in the third meeting of the second phase of the European Coast Guard Functions Academy Network project and the 2nd Sectorial qualification Framework Working Group Meeting in Rome from 11 to 13 July.
The migrant situation continues to challenge a number of EU Member States, according to the latest issue of FRA’s monthly report on migration-related issues. Some reception facilities are in a poor state, and the lack of resources is testing Member States responses, putting migrant children particularly at risk.
In 2016, around one in three asylum seekers in the EU was a child. Many go missing and risk falling into the hands of human traffickers. Ahead of UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) calls for stronger child protection safeguards to help end the exploitation of children.