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The aim of the meeting was to exchange views on FRA activities and cooperation with the Council of Europe. More than 15 Council of Europe Ambassadors met the Director and senior FRA staff to discuss recent FRA activities, achievements and cooperation activities with the Council of Europe.
Participants discussed such issues as the way the FRA survey on violence against woman could be used in the context of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and the challenges faced by European countries notably in relation to the spread of hate crime, racism, xenophobia and extremism. The increasing threats faced by both LGBT and Roma communities were also discussed, as was the publication of the recent report of the Council of Europe Secretary General on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. The FRA Director informed participants how it is intensifying its work in the development of fundamental rights indicators.
Participants agreed on the need to further increase synergies and exchange outputs and expertise, particularly FRA’s methodologies in order to enhance fundamental rights guarantees in the European Union.