On 15 December, the Agency took part in a conference organised by the Greek Reception and Identification Service. The Agency moderated a panel on European best practices relating to the identification and reception of asylum seekers.
This year the Agency turns 10. To mark the occasion, a series of high profile events are planned, starting with the FRA 10 year symposium in late February in Vienna. This is to publicly acknowledge and give thanks to the host country that has greatly supported the Agency over the last ten years.
2016 saw Europe’s fundamental rights resolve being severely tested. Fundamental rights and freedoms were challenged in many areas, including migration and inclusion. In response, the Agency stepped up its efforts convened to provide practical support to safeguard the fundamental rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.
The lack of information and specific guidance for handling migrant children who are separated from their parents but travelling with other adults hampers efforts to properly protect such children from potential exploitation and abuse. This is one of the findings from the latest summary report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on migration-related fundamental rights in selected EU Member States. It identifies what needs to be done to address the shortcomings in existing approaches and points to promising practices that could be used by other Member States.
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.