Fundamental rights protection and peace go hand-in-hand

EU presidents Jose Manuel Barroso, Hermann van Rompuy and Martin Schulz (fltr)
EU presidents Jose Manuel Barroso, Hermann van Rompuy and Martin Schulz (fltr)
This year on International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the EU will officially receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize acknowledges how the EU has forged ahead to promote peace, democracy and fundamental rights throughout Europe over the last six decades.

"Today's Nobel Prize is a wonderful accolade, recognising the tremendous efforts the EU has made to bring peace to our region, both between states and within states. And this peace stems from collective efforts to respect and protect fundamental rights for everyone in the EU," said the FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum.

"So let us use this opportunity to motivate us to further the work of the EU's founding fathers and ensure the EU is a byword for a land of human dignity, freedom, democracy, justice, the rule of law and respect for human rights for all."

FRA remains committed to providing the evidence-based advice to EU bodies and Member States that will best serve policy makers and legislators across Europe to protect and promote fundamental rights the length and breadth of the EU. It will also further build on its work with civil society across the EU, to help make a difference on the ground to those who most need it, especially in these times of economic crisis.

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