The Agency met with a number of organisations in Brussels from 12 to 13 December to provide updates on developments and plans for closer cooperation within its civil society framework, the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP).
Throughout 2016 the nine EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies have been actively cooperating on a wide range of areas. The current and future Chair of the network of these agencies showcased what has been achieved and the future plans at the EU Council on 19 December in Brussels.
The Agency’s Management Board met in Vienna on 13 to 14 December. Reviewing the Agency’s activities in 2016, it acknowledged FRA’s critically important contribution to promoting and protecting fundamental rights in a difficult overall climate, especially in the field of migration.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the EEA and Norway Grants agreed on a cooperation framework to better promote and protect fundamental rights across the EU. The cooperation arrangement was adopted by the FRA Management Board and signed by the FRA Director on 15 December 2016.
From 13 to 14 December, the Agency took part in the 10th ‘Israel-European Union Bilateral Dialogue on Combating Antisemitism, Racism and Xenophobia’. It presented its work on combating antisemitism, hate crime and education about fundamental rights, citizenship and learning from the Holocaust.
On 7 and 9 December, the Agency, in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), held a workshop on fundamental rights protection and site management for the staff of the Reception and Identification Centre in the migration hotspot on the Greek island of Kos.