On 16 and 17 March, representatives of the FRANET contractors working on the fieldwork phase of FRA’s project on the right to independent living of persons with disabilities met in Vienna to kick off the national qualitative research.
In its third monthly update on fundamental rights and migration in the EU Member States that have seen the greatest numbers of asylum seekers and migrants, FRA has added a focus section which in February is dedicated to situation of children.
“Following the attacks in Brussels this morning that have resulted in several fatalities and numerous injuries, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) expresses its sadness and extends its sympathy to the families and friends of the victims,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty, on behalf of the Agency and all its staff.
On 14 March, FRA brought together experts to discuss the implications for EU Member States of implementing border control measures in third countries or together with third countries, resulting from the principle of non-refoulement.
On 15 March, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty visited the Centre for Victims of Torture in Berlin, where he met staff who are actively working with refugees in especial need of protection and those suffering from trauma.
The FRA Director spoke of the ‘massively problematic situation’ of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) people in the EU and how intersex people have been too often overlooked, during a presentation at the European Parliament on the Agency’s latest LGBT report.