FRA Newsletter - April 2010

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Symposium: Strengthening the fundamental rights architecture in the EU

7 May, Vienna: A Symposium on 'Strengthening the fundamental rights architecture in the EU' will take place at FRA premises. The Symposium will invite high profile personalities and representatives from national human rights institutions, equality bodies and data protection authorities to discuss the findings of the Agency's four reports that will be launched on 7 May: 

  •          A survey on rights awareness in the EU (based on EU-MIDIS data);

  •          A report on data protection authorities; and

  •          A report on national human rights institutions.

  •          A report on the impact of the Racial Equality Directive

These reports discuss the overarching architecture of fundamental rights in the European Union: equality bodies, data protection authorities, and national human rights institutions. For the Agency, these three sets of monitoring bodies at the national level are highly relevant. A video booth in the interactive Info Point for the VIPs will be installed where participants will be invited to deliver 1 minute statements on fundamental rights, which will trigger discussion on the current deficiencies and challenges with regard to the new findings of the four reports. 

Europe Day - Open Day at the FRA premises

9 May, Vienna: On the occasion of Europe Day, the Agency will open its doors to the general public by celebrating the Europe Day. The day will also see the presentation of a new Info-Point at the Agency's premises. The purpose of the Open Day is to raise awareness among the general public of the European Union's work, in particular the work of the Agency, to raise awareness about fundamental rights issues, and to promote the Agency's reports. The Info Point's key messages will be the following:

  •          The Agency is open to everybody and acts transparently;
  •          Fundamental rights concern everybody;
  •          The Agency offers accessible information about fundamental rights in the EU;
  •          The Agency is accountable towards the EU taxpayers and other stakeholders, among which are all people living in the EU;
  •          The Agency is a modern and innovative key actor in the field of fundamental rights.

Other main FRA events

  • 23 September, Vienna: 16th Executive Board Meeting: 2010
  • 23-24 September, Vienna: 10th Management Board Meeting: 2010
  • 14 December, Vienna: 17th Executive Board Meeting: 2010
  • 14-15 December, Vienna: 11th Management Board Meeting: 2010


The following list is not exhaustive. Publication titles are provisional.

  • Handbook for teachers: The role of historical sites in holocaust education and human rights education
  • Handbook for commemoration sites: The role of historical sites in holocaust education and human rights education
  • Comparative Report: Mapping and capacity assessment of national human rights institutions and other human rights organisations in the European Union
  • Comparative and Focus Report: Pilot Media Project
  • The fundamental right to data protection in the European Union : The crucial relevance of national data protection authorities
  • EU-MIDIS Data in Focus: Experiences of law enforcement and police stops
  • EU-MIDIS Data in Focus: Multiple discrimination
  • Comparative and Summary Report: Impact of the Racial Equality Directive
  • Towards More Effective Policing - Understanding and Preventing Discriminatory Ethnic Profiling: A Guide
  • Migrants, Minorities and Employment: Exclusion and Discrimination in the 27 Member States of the European Union
  • Regularisation of Irregular Immigrants - An Instrument to Address Vulnerability, Social Exclusion and Exploitation of Irregular Migrants in Employment?
  • Comparative and Summary Report: The situation of separated, asylum seeking children in selected EU Member States
  • Report on Developing indicators for the protection, respect and promotion for the rights of the child in the EU

On the situation of irregular migrants:

  • Comparative report on the Fundamental Rights situation of irregular migrants in the EU
  • Thematic report: Good practices from 3rd countries
  • Thematic report: Mechanisms to end protracted limbo situations for those who are not removed
  • Thematic report: Practices to detect IM, which de facto discourage enjoyment of fundamental rights
  • Case study on the right to health
  • Case study on irregular migrants employed in domestic work
  • Comparative report: The Asylum-seekers' Perspective: Access to Information and Effective Remedies
  • Focus report: Access to information on asylum procedures
  • Focus report: Effective Remedies

On racism in sport:

  • Comparative and Summary Report: No level playing field? Racism and Ethnic Discrimination in Sport in the EU and preventive Initiatives
  • Handbook on Good Practice: How to combat racism and ethnic discrimination in sport


The 3rd Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting

15-16 April, Vienna: The 3rd Meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform (hereafter FRP) brought together around 150 representatives of civil society organisations from across the European Union (26 EU Member States were represented by civil society organisations). Participants discussed the human rights dimension of poverty and social exclusion, the theme of 2010's European Year, and the Treaty of Lisbon and its implications for the protection of fundamental rights. Participants at the meeting were also invited to put forward initial ideas for the Agency's 2012 Work Programme and elect the new members of the Advisory Panel. Future developments of cooperation between Fundamental Rights Agency and FRP were also discussed. 

The Fundamental Rights Agency also presented a draft Code of Conduct for the participants of the FRP which will be finalised by the Director in consultation with the Advisory Panel, taking into account FRP suggestions.

Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director: "The 3rd Fundamental Rights Platform meeting (FRP) was concluded after a day and a half of intense discussions. We addressed the work of the Fundamental Rights Agency, developments in the area of fundamental rights in Europe, and crucially, on the possibilities to influence processes in making a difference on the ground. Again we can see how important it is to have with the FRP a direct channel towards civil society. It is the FRP participants who help us keep track of new developments and concrete problems on the ground. I believe that this sort of regular and structured interaction is a good practice that is in line with innovations brought about by the Lisbon treaty, namely to give civil society means at its hands to become active at European level. I think the Platform will help the participating NGOs to take up this new possibility."

The Report of the 3rd FRP Meeting will be submitted to the Management Board in view of their meeting at the end of May.


‘Learning Democracy and Human Rights': Human Rights Education at the Council of Europe

15-16 April, Strasbourg: Presentation of the Agency's work at the Council of Europe's annual key Human Rights Education event ‘Learning Democracy and Human Rights'.

The FRA meets with national Equality Bodies  


14 April, Vienna: The Agency hosted its annual coordination and cooperation meeting with national equality bodies from the EU Member States and with their network Equinet. The meeting marked the second general meeting with all equality bodies (after a first meeting in May 2009).

The aim of the meeting was to discuss issues of common interest and to provide an opportunity for the equality bodies to give substantive inputs into the Agency's work.  Discussions centred on how equality bodies and other stakeholders can better respond to the challenge of underreporting by victims of discrimination - a problem evidenced by the Agency's EU-MIDIS survey. Another thematic focus was on the rights of LGBT persons, in particular, how to make equality legislation work for the transgender persons, an area in need of improvement as evidenced by the Agency's report on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Finally, the equality bodies made a number of suggestions for priority issues to be tackled in future FRA work programmes, including: hate speech and incitement to hatred in public discourse, labour market exploitation in unobserved sectors, EU-MIDIS type surveys for other vulnerable groups such as women and LGBT persons, indirect discrimination in access to social housing (at local level), and addressing the challenge of poor data availability and comparability in the field of discrimination and victimisation. In addition, there was encouragement for the Agency to add situation testing into its toolbox of research and data collection methodologies.

Isreal 4th Seminar on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism

11-13 April, Jerusalem: The Agency was invited to take part in the Seminar of the European Commission and Israel to present its report on Anti-Semitism in the European Union and joint FRA-Yad Vashem project on the Holocaust and Human Rights Education.  Eva Sobotka held a coordination meeting with Yad Vashem to discuss next steps on the Toolkit on the Holocaust and Human Rights Education. 

‘Promoting Policies in Favour of the Roma Population': 2nd EU Roma Summit

8-9 April, Cordoba: The Agency participated in the II. European Roma Summit with a view of positioning the Agency in the process of building European Roma Strategy, engaged in networking with relevant stakeholders and put forward Agency's research findings on Roma and Travellers. Discussions at the Summit centered on the effective implementation of European Union Roma policies, the involvement of civil society in this implementation and health and social inequalities.

The Director of the Agency spoke about the need to involve Roma communities in the planning, implementation and evaluation of policies targeting them. He also underlined the joint responsibility that must be assumed by all relevant actors if the plight of the estimated 10 million Roma in the European Union is to be improved.

The following documents are available under:

  • Programme - II. European Roma Summit 
  • The Fundamental Rights Agency Director's Speech  
  • FRA Press Release International Roma Day 2010 
  • FRA Statement on the occasion of International Roma Day 2010  
  • Key Messages of the FRA Roundtable with Romani and Travellers Women Activists
‘On a Road to Equality': FRA Roundtable with Romani and Traveller women activists

6-7 April, Cordoba: In the run up to International Roma Day, the Agency held a roundtable with Romani and Traveller women networks in order to:

  • seek feedback on the Agency's work on Roma and Travellers
  • facilitate strategic input by Roma and Travellers women activists at the Summit
  • present the Agency's future plans as for Roma and Travellers work
  • seek feedback from Romani and Travellers women as for their priorities and needs

The roundtable brought together representatives from the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency and Romani women activist networks. Discussions focused on European Union policies on Roma and Romani and Traveller women, facilitating the application of these policies at local level and anti-gypsyism, hate crime and other forms of intolerance. 

The feedback from the Roundtable and the Summit will feed into the Agency's Work Programme 2012. Most importantly the Roundtable helped Romani women to achieve visibility of the Romani gender dimension and provided them with an opportunity to develop targeted messages to the Summit organisers.


Please note that the deadlines for the vacancies listed below were extended. For more information please see our web site under

Production Support Officer - Reference CA-PRODOF-FGIV-2010 (the deadline for the submission of the applications is 13/05/2010 at 13:00)

Web and Online Communication Support Officer - Reference CA-WEBCOM-FGIV-2010 (the deadline for the submission of the applications is 13/05/2010 at 13:00)

Media Assistant - Reference TA-MEDAST-AST4-2010 (the deadline for the submission of the applications is 13/05/2010 at 13:00)