Some 80 key experts from across Europe came together at FRA's premises to discuss challenges to the rule of law and fundamental rights, and to debate the best use of existing instruments as well as the creation of new indicators and assessment mechanisms in order to safeguard fundamental rights throughout the EU.
In relation to the European Commission proposal for a Directive on the freezing and confiscation of proceeds of crime in the European Union, the European Parliament requested advice from FRA on the extent to which confiscation of proceeds of crime could go without breaching fundamental rights.
On the second day of this year’s FRC, participants heard a speech from the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks. He emphasised the necessity of a well-functioning justice system, saying “human rights and the rule of law are empty words when the justice system is inefficient or inaccessible”.
The first day of the FRC was devoted to discussing the importance of access to justice for all. In his opening speech, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said “Fundamental rights and economic success are two sides of the same coin. We need to monitor fundamental rights as we monitor budget deficits.”
The FRA presented on 29 November its two recent reports on hate crime and on minorities as victims of crime. This presentation was given as part of the fundamental rights exhibition at the European Parliament and was followed by a panel debate organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).