FRA Newsletter - March 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. 

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

9 May, Vienna: the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will be celebrating Europe Day under the slogan: "We all have fundamental rights - Wir alle haben Grundrechte". On this occasion, the Agency will open its doors to the general public. The day will also see the launching of a new Info-Point at the Agency's premises. The purpose of the Open Day is to raise awareness 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.

The celebration of the Europe Day will include a drawing competition and singing contest. The three strongest video clips on fundamental rights issues from the video competition will be shown.

Other main FRA events

  • 14 April, Vienna: Meeting with Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies 
  • 15 - 16 April, Vienna: 3rd Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting 
  • 26 April, Vienna: Fundamental Rights at sea borders' project stakeholder consultation


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


2nd EU Roma Summit in Cordoba

8 April, Córdoba: The II. European Roma Summit titled ‘Promoting policies in favour of the Roma population' organised by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union took place in Cordoba, on the occasion of the International Roma Day (8 April). Representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the World Health Organization and the Spanish government joined academics, representatives from non-governmental organisations and Roma activists at the Second European Roma Summit in Córdoba. Discussions centered around the implementation of European Union Roma policies, the involvement of civil society in such processes and health and social inequalities. The Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Morten Kjaerum addressed the summit.  He 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.

Download the Programme of 2nd European Roma Summit, the Director's speech, the Agency's statement on the occasion of International Roma Day 2010 and Key messages of the FRA Roundtable with Romani and Travellers Women Activists at:

FRA Roundtable Discussion with Romani and Traveller Women: 'On a Road to Equality'

6-7 April, Cordoba: On the eve of the Second European Roma Summit hosted by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) gathered Romani and Traveller women in Córdoba, Spain to a roundtable entitled ‘On a Road to Equality'.  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 FRA participated in International Academy of Remembrance and Human Rights
18-19 March: The Agency presented its intention to bridge the remembrance of totalitarian crimes to Human Rights Education (HRE) at the "International Academy on Remembrance and Human Rights" in Berlin.
Conference on World Diversity Leadership Summit Europe

11-12 March: The World Diversity Leadership Summit took place in Vienna and brought together global diversity CEOs, policy and decision makers, corporate practitioners, representatives from the fields of academics and the media to share their experiences, research findings, strategies and best practices on global diversity and inclusion.

FRA roundtable on LGBT rights
9 March: The Agency brought together experts in LGBT rights at a round table meeting in Dublin. Representatives of governments, cities, police, civil society organisations, academics and the European Commission discussed ways to combat discrimination, bullying and harassment experienced of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. During the meeting, findings from the FRA report on homophobia and discrimination were presented, as well as good practice examples on combating bullying and harassment in schools and on tackling hate crimes and ensuring safety for LGBT communities.
The FRA met with the Council of Europe's Directorate for Education in Strasbourg
8-9 March: The Agency participated in a coordination meeting with the Council of Europe's Directorate for Education and with members of various other departments and programmes working on human rights training, capacity building and awareness raising. 1-2 areas were selected for targeted cooperation in the form of a common project/ programme, based on the HRE stakeholder consultation.  These will be fine-tuned in the upcoming period.
Conference: Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning
4-5 March: The Agency participated in the European conference ‘Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning' in Glasgow.
The FRA participated in the 7th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty
24-26 February: The Agency participated in the 7th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty which coincides with the European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion. The Forum took place in Rotterdam and was organised by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, Individuals from cities from across the world discussed ways to strengthen partnerships with the business community in dealing with issues related to poverty, inter alia. The Agency was in particular interested in human rights issues related to access to basic services, education and healthcare. One of the outcomes of the forum was to set up city focal points on human rights and equality.

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

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)