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.
In an address to a Danish Parliamentary hearing on how to safeguard fundamental rights in the EU, FRA’s Director, Morten Kjaerum, said that the EU and its Member States could be more focused and proactive in the use of the tools at their disposal. He was speaking at a hearing of the Danish Parliament’s European Affairs Committee that took place on 12 March in Copenhagen. The debate questioned whether the fundamental values of the EU are under pressure and asked what the EU could do.
FRA took part in the NGO Forum Riga 2015 from 2-3 March which sought to identify actions that can promote more active participation and involvement of civil society in decision making at the national and the EU level.
On 3-4 March in Brussels, 85 representatives of civil society, governments, law enforcement, national prosecution offices and international organisations from 19 European countries convened in Brussels for the two-day European Conference on a victim-centred approach to tackling hate crimes.