In May 2012, FRA held its 3rd annual symposium on data protection. This year's event focused on the fundamental rights dimension of the Data Protection Reform package, which the European Commission proposed in January 2012.
The Fundamental Rights Agency is inviting non-governmental organisations and other civil society institutions, active in the field of fundamental rights at national, European and international level to apply to participate in the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP).
A delegation of seven Senators from the Parliament of the Czech Republic visited the FRA in Vienna on 3 July, where they met the Agency’s Director, Morten Kjaerum, and staff members. The Senators are members of the Committee on EU Affairs, which is chaired by Luděk Sefzig.
There is a strong need to find a swift agreement on the creation of a Common European Asylum System that fully respects the right to asylum and the right to liberty, says the FRA on the occasion of International Refugee Day on 20 June. These rights are legally-binding under the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental health problems persists despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the EU and 20 Member States.