Improving data collection, monitoring and reporting on measures and action taken is critical for the success of Roma integration. The indicator framework under development by the Working Party on Roma Integration Indicators coordinated by FRA is an important step in this direction.
FRA’s family of five infographics to help raise awareness of the voting rights of people with disabilities have now been made available in many more EU languages. Each infographic targets a different audience and draws on FRA research into the right to political participation of people with disabilities.
FRA was invited to an in-camera stakeholders meeting at the European Parliament concerning the European Ombudsman's special report on the EU Borders Agency (Frontex) regarding the implementation of a complaints mechanism in relation to fundamental rights.
On 29 June in Brussels, FRA debriefed the EU Council’s Standing Committee on Internal Security (COSI) on the Agency’s launch of its severe labour exploitation report at the EU Council premises on 2 June.
There must be zero tolerance for hate speech, which is increasingly present on the internet and in political discourse, FRA Communication and Outreach Department Head Friso Roscam Abbing said at a hearing of the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to discuss antisemitism, Islamophobia and hate speech on 29 June.
Migration, the rights of victims, and child rights were key fundamental rights issues in 2014 and remain challenging this year, FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos said at a joint debate to present the Agency’s Annual Report at the European Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 25 June.
Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014.
On 11-12 June, FRA presented its work on violence against women at a conference organised by the Regional Government of Murcia, Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, and the EEA Grants.