FRA discusses cooperation with representatives of the OSCE Chairmanship

On 9 January, three Personal Representatives of the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE met FRA’s Director. The meeting was an initiative of the OSCE Chairmanship, currently held by Switzerland.

It was an opportunity for the Personal Representatives to become familiar with FRA, how it works, the methodologies it uses and its current projects. It was also a chance for the Personal Representatives to inform FRA about how they plan to carry out their mandate, in particular their country visits and reports.

The OSCE Chairmanship expressed its desire to cooperate closely with FRA during 2014, with special reference to the FRA’s forms of engagement with civil society. As the personal representatives will regularly visit Vienna, such meetings will be repeated in order to facilitate future cooperation.

The Personal Representatives FRA met were Rabbi Andrew Baker, Professor Talip Küçukcan and Professor Alexey Avtonomov who cover, respectively, the fight against anti-Semitism; intolerance and discrimination against Muslims; and racism, xenophobia and discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination towards Christians and members of Other Religions.