FRA Newsletter - February 2010

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FRA Newsletter February 2010

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Fundamental Rights Platform: the FRA's dialogue with civil society

15th-16th April, Vienna: The Agency will welcome representatives from civil society organisations to the 3rd Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting. This key event is devoted to the dialogue and cooperation with civil society. The Meeting will focus on three key themes:

  • The human rights dimension of Poverty and Social Exclusion;
  • The Lisbon Treaty and its implications for fundamental rights; and
  • Consultation on the FRA Work Programme 2012.

The participants will elect the Advisory Panel of the Fundamental Rights Platform.  All FRP members can nominate their candidates to the Advisory Panel by the 15th March 2010.

Symposium: Strengthening the fundamental rights architecture in the EU

7th of May, Vienna: The fundamental rights architecture in the European Union has developed over time and continuous to evolve. Regular health checks on the situation are always needed, especially when great change is taking place. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will release three reports:

  •  A survey on rights awareness (based on EU-MIDIS data);
  •  a report on data protection authorities; and
  •  a report on national human rights institutions.

Open doors at FRA: InfoPoint and celebration of the Europe Day, 9th May

9th of May: the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will be celebrating Europe Day with the slogan: "We all have fundamental rights - Wir alle haben Grundrechte". On this occasion, FRA will promote its evidence based advise and reports, in the context of the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon and the 10 years anniversary of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The FRA will celebrate Europe Day in a two fold manner: the FRA will open its doors and present its new Info Point to the general public, in the form of an Open Day event according to the principles of transparency and accessibility that will give the general public the opportunity to get direct information about the agency's work and its structure. The celebrations will include as well an artistic event dedicated to Europe Day.

Other main FRA events


  • 22nd - 23rd March, Vienna: National Liaison Officers Meeting:
  • 6th-7th April, Cordoba: FRA Preparatory Round Table with Romani women networks and other stakeholders
  • 14th April, Vienna: Meeting with Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies



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 RED 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 FRA launched a video competition for the Europe Day events

19th February: the Agency launched its first video competition on fundamental rights in the European Union. The video competition invites young people to share their views and understanding of fundamental rights in video clips of a maximum length of 2 minutes, to be submitted online. The videos will be published on the FRA's website and the winners will be awarded with a trip for two persons to Vienna to join the Agency's celebration of Europe Day on 9th May.

The Swedish delegation to the Council of Europe visits the FRA

11th February: the Swedish delegation to the Council of Europe visited the Agency to explore ways of increasing cooperation between the two organisations. The Swedish delegation showed great interest in the Agency's role in examining EU legislation for human rights compatibility and in other ongoing research in the fields of joined-up governance, homophobia and rights of the child.
Seminar on "Fundamental Rights in the EU in view of the accession of the Union to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms"


2nd and 3rd February: the Agency co-organised, with the Spanish Presidency of the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Justice, the seminar "Fundamental Rights in the EU in view of the accession of the Union to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms", in Madrid.

The seminar examined new challenges and opportunities in the area of protecting fundamental rights presented by the implementation of the Treaty of Lisbon. Attention was drawn to the European Union's accession to the Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the possibility of incorporating the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into primary law was explored. Agency experts looked at coordination mechanisms and the need to ensure consistency in human rights, for example with mechanisms for cooperation between the Court of Justice and the Human Rights Court, the consistency in case law, the role of national courts, the need to avoid a two track human rights protection system in Europe and the ways in which the new Treaty of Lisbon and Charter of Fundamental Rights could enhance protection and place human rights nearer the centre of EU decision-making.

The Spanish Secretary of Justice appealed to the EU's "common sense" to ratify the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, a priority of the Spanish chairpersonship of the European Union.

The FRA launched a new study on Holocaust and Human Rights education in Ausschwitz
26th-28th January: the Agency presented its latest study on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights during an EU Ministerial Conference in Auschwitz, Poland

The Ministerial Conference gathered education ministers, senior government representatives and ambassadors from over 30 countries at the site of the former concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland. International Holocaust Remembrance Day offered an opportunity to reflect on the 65 years since the camp's liberation and to discuss how best to continue to include Holocaust education in national curricula. High-profile figures such as the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, as well as a video message from US President Barack Obama demonstrated the enduring value of such occasions. The Agency was represented by Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the Management Board, who presented the main findings of the FRA study: in the 21st Century, memorial sites and historical museums offer a unique learning experience and therefore continue to be relevant.

This year, the Agency will publish two practical handbooks on this theme: a guide for teachers on how to make best use of visits to Holocaust related sites, and a discussion book addressing issues relevant for the sites themselves. Both handbooks include case studies of educational approaches that seek to link the Holocaust and human rights' education.

Visit our website for summaries and quotes from Iain Wright, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (UK) and Anna-Karin Johansson from Living History Forum (Sweden), and Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the FRA Management Board

Download the report at:

The following vacancies and calls for tender were published on the FRA website:

Personal assistant - Reference CA-PERSA-FGII-2010 (the deadline for the submission of the applications is 15/03/2010 at 13:00);

Call for tender - Fundamental rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems (closing date is 06/04/2010 at 17:00)