FRA participated as an observer in the final meeting of the second phase of the European Coast Guard Functions Academy Network project (ECGFA NET II) in Helsinki on 28-29 November, with the aim of contributing to the project with regard to fundamental rights.
Day in, day out we see efforts to chip away at the bedrock of human rights on which Europe is founded. Human Rights Day on 10 December is a time to reaffirm our commitment to human rights and stand up for equality, justice and human dignity for ourselves and others.
Persisting widespread discrimination, intolerance and hatred across the EU threatens to marginalise and alienate many minority group members who otherwise feel largely attached to the country they live in and trust its institutions. These findings emerge from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
On 27 November, the Agency highlighted the potential fundamental rights impact of return procedures during the Greek Ombudsman’s conference on the return of third country nationals and the rule of law.
The Head of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department underlined the need to consider fundamental rights when addressing security concerns in border management during the 23rd International Border Police Conference.