On 10 June in Rome, FRA took part in a panel debate during a conference on countering online extremism and terrorist recruitment, organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
There is no place for hate crime or hate speech in Europe, if the EU wants to ensure an open and tolerant society. This was the view of FRA’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, at the launch of the EU’s High Level Group on combating racism and xenophobia in Brussels on 14 June.
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2016 is fast approaching with only 10 days left until the event begins on 20 June in Vienna. Over the course of four days, participants will look from different perspectives at three burning issues: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age.
Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.
A delegation from the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) visited FRA on 17-18 May. The visit allowed both sides to explore how they can continue to work together on the common goal of further protecting and promoting fundamental rights across the EU.
On March 14, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty addressed the International Parliamentary Conference on Combating Antisemitism at the Bundestag in Berlin underlining the effect that such crimes have on individuals and communities.
On International Holocaust Remembrance day, FRA honours the memory of the victims and renews its calls for the EU and its Member States to increase their efforts to combat antisemitism, a phenomenon that shows no sign of waning.
On 23-24 November, FRA held its third meeting of the Working Party on combating hate crime together with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The event took place in the shadow of the attacks in Paris earlier this month and their aftermath, making the objectives of the Working Party particularly relevant.
From late September to mid-October, FRA staff will attend interviewer briefings for the second EU Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) that are taking place in each of the 28 EU Member States.