Ever since the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) entered into force some six years ago, EU Member States have been making wide ranging legal reforms to align their laws with the convention’s requirements.
Five years after the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights became legally binding, there is now a stronger fundamental rights culture across the EU. It has influenced the way EU institutions and its Member States look at fundamental rights, with the potential to improve the fundamental rights of millions of people across the EU.
FRA gave a presentation on practical cooperation between public authorities and civil society, and how this can fill the gap of underreporting of victims of hate crime at an international conference on 27 November in Madrid.
With more than 300 high-level participants, this year’s Fundamental Rights Conference was a timely occasion to discuss fundamental rights challenges in the area of asylum, border and migrant integration.
On 2 December, FRA and the Committee of the Regions has published a new joint booklet “Making rights real: guide for local and regional authorities”. Local and regional officials and elected representatives are key actors to support the fulfilment of fundamental rights in Member States. For instance, they facilitate access to education and healthcare, they ensure equal access to all individuals to public services, and they regularly deal with fundamental rights considerations.
The call for robust evidence to effectively tackle violence against women has been answered with findings from FRA’s EU-wide survey on gender-based violence. They are being used in EU Member States to provide a solid base for appropriate solutions to combat the violence that too many women currently face.
Members of the German Parliament's (Bundestag) Committee for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth visited FRA on 19 November to hear about the Agency’s work related to the fundamental rights challenges affecting women.