On 27 February, FRA held an informal expert review meeting in Vienna on FRA’s update of its comparative legal analysis of homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity across the EU.
Members of the EU’s monitoring Framework for the UN Disability Convention met today in Brussels at a high-level meeting and renewed their commitment to promote, protect and monitor the rights of people with disabilities in the EU. This commitment is part of the EU’s obligations following its accession to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
FRA National Parliamentary Focal Points explored ways of better leveraging the Agency’s work in efforts to promote and protect fundamental rights in their countries when they met in Vienna on 26–27 February.
European Union Agencies have pledged to strengthen fundamental rights protection in all areas of their work during a meeting of Heads of EU Agencies in Brussels on 20 February. In recognition of the enabling nature of fundamental rights, they have signed up a joint statement, which they will abide by in their internal and external dealings.
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.
To mark the European Day for Victims of Crime on 22 February, FRA has created an infographic to raise awareness of victim support services, and their role in helping victims of crime have effective access to justice in the EU. The infographic contains clickable icons which direct the reader to both FRA resources and the websites of organisations which can help put victims in touch with support services.