FRA meets national parliamentary representatives at the European Parliament

On 4 November 2013, Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of FRA’s Communication Department, and Sara Sighinolfi, FRA’s European Parliament Liaison Officer, discussed the agency’s work with the Group of National Parliament Representatives at the European Parliament. The meeting was attended by over 30 representatives.

It was an opportunity to explore ways to enhance cooperation between FRA and the members of national parliaments. A number of proposals were put forward: for instance improving dissemination of FRA’s work to the relevant parliamentary committees, delivering targeted FRA presentations to inform national debates on fundamental rights issues and encouraging visits of national parliamentary committees to the agency. 

One of the conclusions of FRA’s external evaluation was that FRA should further increase its relevance and visibility at national level, including engaging with national parliaments. To help address this, FRA’s Director wrote a letter to the Secretary Generals of all national parliaments, asking them to appoint a contact point for FRA within their parliamentary administrations. This should help improve the flow of information between FRA and national parliaments.