The annual Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting is one of the flagship events of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Every year the meeting takes place in Vienna and brings together participants of the Fundamental Rights Platform - the Agency's network for cooperation with civil society.
For more information, see the FRP 2012 website.
Besides occasional news reports about the discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people, there is very little comparable data collected across the EU about the everyday experiences of LGBT people with respect of discrimination. In response to this situation, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has launched the first ever online EU-wide survey to establish an accurate picture of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (18 years or older) that will try to capture their experiences.
Effective national monitoring structures and quantifiable targets were identified as vital to help promote Roma inclusion in Europe, at the Extraordinary European Platform for Roma Inclusion, in Brussels on 22 March 2012. Other topics discussed during this European Commission-organised event were the active involvement of Roma as well as all other relevant stakeholders, in particular local authorities, and the efficient use of EU structural funds in implementing Roma strategies.
More than 100 EU law experts from EU institutions, EU Member States and human rights organizations, discussed the practical application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at a two-day seminar in Copenhagen. The event, organized by the FRA and the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, looked at whether EU institutions and Member States were doing enough to ensure the rights of those residing in the EU.
Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of FRA's Equality and Citizens' Rights Department, provided evidence in a speech at the European Parliament's LIBE Committee hearing on 20 March saying that although the European Union has put in place a number of legal instruments to promote equal treatment and provide effective protection against discrimination, there is a need for more comprehensive protection for all grounds of discrimination.