FRA Director meets MEPs to discuss internal/external coherence in EU human rights policies

Barbara Lochbiler, Chair, Subcommittee on Human Rights, Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director
Barbara Lochbiler, Chair, Subcommittee on Human Rights, Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director
The FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, today (29 November) presented the Agency's work to the Members of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) in Brussels, with the aim of ensuring the internal/external coherence of EU human rights policies.

Members highlighted that the work of the Agency is instrumental towards that end. By documenting the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (EU), the Agency provides solid evidence so that the EU is a credible voice when acting outside its area.

Some challenges were raised, particularly in the area of freedom and justice, including the protection of minorities, ratification of international human rights conventions and treaties, asylum, borders and migration.

Members asked about cooperation between the FRA and other EU Agencies working in the area. The debate triggered interest in further exploring how to best ensure coherence, with Members highlighting the need to have more joint meetings with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which deals with fundamental rights within the EU.