Work together to end vicious cycle of Roma discrimination and social exclusion (8 April)
Europe must continue to pull together to combat Roma discrimination, prejudice, poverty and social exclusion, said the FRA on the occasion of the International Roma Day on April 8.
European LGBT survey launched (2 April)
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.
FRA at Extraordinary European Platform on Roma Inclusion: The need to be accountable (23 March)
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.
FRA, Danish EU Presidency Seminar to focus on practical application of Charter of Fundamental Rights (15 March)
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.
FRA takes part in LIBE Committee hearing at EU Parliament on proposed anti-discrimination directive (20 March)
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.
FRA survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism (23 March)
This factsheet provides background information about the 2012 FRA survey among Jewish populations in selected EU Member States focusing on Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism.