Over one million people sought refuge in the EU in 2015, a fivefold increase from the year before. In its Fundamental Rights Report 2016, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) examines the scale and nature of the challenge and proposes measures to ensure fundamental rights are respected across the EU.
FRA presented findings from the first phase of its project on fundamental rights safeguards and remedies in the context of large-scale surveillance by national intelligence authorities in the EU at the 7th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference on 22 April in Barcelona.
FRA discussed the findings from its ‘Access to data protection remedies in EU Member States’ report in light of the revised EU data protection rules at the Academy of European Law’s Annual Conference on European Data Protection Law 2016 in Brussels.
National training sessions within FRA’s project on biometrics in large-scale border management IT databases are taking place in six EU Member States - Italy, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Germany and Poland.
On 25 February, FRA hosted a Dutch OSCE parliamentary delegation to discuss fundamental rights risks in the light of enhanced security measures in many EU Member States in the context of the European refugee policy crisis.
The December agreement between EU bodies on the reform of data protection rules across the EU heralds a new era for the fundamental right to data protection for individuals across the region. Marking the 10th European Data Protection day on 28 January, FRA looks forward to the stronger protection and safeguards that the rules will provide.