The Austrian Judge at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, Maria Berger, visited the FRA on 9 January and gave a presentation to staff on "The Fundamental Rights Charter in light of the case-law of the EU Court of Justice".
In accordance with Art. 5 (1) of Council Regulation 168/2007 of 15 February 2007, the European Commission invited the Management Board of the Agency to give an opinion on the Multi-Annual Framework (MAF) of the Agency for the period 2013-2018.
This year's European Day of Persons with Disabilities conference, on 1-2 December in Brussels, specifically focuses on the effects of the crisis on people with disabilities. It brings together organisations representing people with disabilities and relevant stakeholders to identify best practice solutions to offset the effects of the economic crisis on people with disabilities. On this important European Day, the FRA underlines that it will continue its efforts to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.
Every day, women in Europe continue to suffer from violations of their human rights in the form of gender-based violence. In addition to the impact this has on the lives of the women concerned, the consequences of violence extend to women's families, their communities and society in general.
Three years on and the economic and financial crisis shows no sign of abating. Vulnerable groups are most at risk. To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the FRA wishes to reaffirm its commitment to securing the fundamental rights of children, many seriously affected by public service cuts in education, health and social services.
On 10 November, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum, gave a speech at the Europe 2011 debate in Berlin. During the debate, ‘What Do You Mean by Gypsy? - How Europe is Treating its Largest Minority', Mr Kjaerum talked about the human rights situation of Sinti and Roma in Europe, as drawn from the data and evidence collected by the FRA.
On 9 November 2011, FRA and Yad Vashem launched a new educational initiative: the Toolkit (beta) on the Holocaust and Human Rights Education in the EU. Three years ago, on 9 November 2008, marking 70 years since the Kristallnacht Pogrom, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and Yad Vashem initiated an educational project to create an online pedagogical tool - a Toolkit on the Holocaust and Human Rights Education.
On 17 October 2011, FRA presented the newly-published report "Migrants in an irregular situation: access to healthcare in 10 EU Member States" in the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), in Brussels. The report explores access to healthcare both in law and practice for irregular migrants in 10 EU Member States.