FRA Director Morten Kjaerum welcomed the delegation and presented the strategic priorities of the Agency. This was followed by presentations on FRA’s working methods, key pieces of current FRA research , cooperation with EU institutions and bodies, and FRA opinions in the context of EU legislation.
The delegation highlighted the usefulness and importance of FRA data and opinions for legislative developments on both EU and Member State level. The members were particularly interested in the Agency's work on hate crime, data protection, safeguards to ensure its institutional independence, cooperation with the Council of Europe, and how national parliaments could make use of FRA's comparative information. In this context, the delegation welcomed the FRA's new online LGBT survey data explorer, which offers easy access to country level data, and also its app for mobile devices on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.