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 Agency presented its second ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU’ report in the 29th annual training course on security and justice of the French National Institute for Advanced Studies in Security and Justice (Institut National des Hautes Etudes de Sécurité et de Justice (INHESJ)) on 16 February.
The digital revolution is well under way which we increasingly see in our daily lives. New technology is altering the ways our personal data are being gathered and processed. European Data Protection Day on 28 January is therefore an opportunity to remind us of the growing need for robust personal data safeguards in these times of fast-moving digital change.
At the invitation of the Bulgarian Presidency, the Agency presented the findings of the second volume of its report ‘Surveillance by intelligence services: fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the EU’ to the Council Working Party on Terrorism on 19 January.
This year the Agency will see the return of its landmark Fundamental Rights Forum. Following the success of the 2016 event, it will again bring together a diverse group of people from many walks of life but this time will explore what belonging means to different groups. In doing so, the Forum will seek to find ways how best to instil a culture of fundamental rights across the EU by demonstrating that human rights are for everyone and must be respected by everyone.
In 2017, the Agency marked its 10-year anniversary at a time when fundamental rights continue to be challenged. It was an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved while acknowledging much still remains to be done to reposition respect for fundamental rights as a core value across Europe.