In a drive to work more closely together on pressing fundamental rights challenges, the Council of Europe, the European Network of Equality Bodies, the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions and FRA have established four thematic cooperation platforms in 2014.
FRA took part in the first ever European Migration Forum (EMF) on 26-27 January in Brussels. The main theme of the meeting was: 'Safe routes, safe futures. How to manage the mixed flows of migrants across the Mediterranean?'
In December, FRA contracted its research network, FRANET, to carry out extensive mapping of relevant administrative practices and procedures as well as the fundamental rights implications of using biometric data in large EU IT-systems in the areas of borders, visa and asylum.
On 18 December in Warsaw, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior hosted a launch event for the Polish version of FRA’s handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration.
On 3 December, FRA presented its two new reports on the fundamental rights situation at the EU’s airport and land borders to a session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).