The Agency’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, presented FRA’s work priorities for this year to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in Brussels on 20 February, as it does each year.
The Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir and the Director of FRA Michael O’Flaherty met at the Agency on 23 February to exchange views on the activities and priorities of their respective institutions.
The Agency gave an update on its child rights work during a European Commission Interservice Group Meeting in Brussels on 20 February which representatives from different Directorates-General attended. Specific attention was given to the follow-up of the 11th European Forum on the rights of the child in November 2017, that focused on children deprived of liberty.
Stricter border management policies remain in effect in a number of Member States, according to Agency’s latest report on migration-related fundamental rights issues. Pushbacks and refused entry for asylum seekers are just some of the challenges facing migrants when trying to enter or travel through the EU. Harsh winter conditions are also making conditions difficult for migrants.