After leading FRA for seven years, FRA’s first Director, Morten Kjaerum, leaves the agency to take up the position of Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden.
FRA took part in a hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 30 March on means of better safeguarding the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU.
On 30 March, FRA, together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will host the second meeting of the Working Party on combating hate crime, with the participation of representatives from 24 EU Member States. Members of the European Commission, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance will also take part.
The new Chairperson of the FRA Management Board Frauke Lisa Seidensticker takes office on 28 March 2015. She was elected by the FRA Management Board at its 20th Meeting in December 2014. Manfred Nowak was re-elected as Vice-Chairperson.
At the 20th FRA Management Board Meeting in December 2014, Anete Erdmane, the Latvian Member of the Management Board, and Mirosław Wróblewski, the Polish Member of the Management Board, were elected as new Members of the Executive Board.
The most effective way to counter hate speech is to reinforce the values of democracy and human rights that it threatens, the heads of three intergovernmental human rights institutions said today in a joint statement on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.