FRA Newsletter - February 2012

02/02/2012 - February 2012
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15 February: An introduction to the FRA: new booklet launch

15 - 16 March: Bringing the Charter to life - opportunities and challenges of putting the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights into practice

19 - 20 April: 5th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting

The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges (25 January)

This report draws on over a decade of research by the FRA and its predecessor, the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, to give an analysis of the progress and remaining obstacles in the application of the EU directive. The report finds that all Member States now have:
• a legislative framework in place prohibiting racial or ethnic discrimination
• one or more ‘equality bodies' in place with responsibility for the promotion of equality on the grounds of race and ethnicity.
Prior to the adoption of the directive, many Member States did not have a detailed legislative or institutional framework on racial discrimination.

Vacancies Events and launches: Highlights

Opportunities to work with us
Internship: Applications are now being accepted for the internship period 1 July - 31 December 2012. Deadline 17 February 2012.

International Holocaust Day (27 January)

27 January marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in honour of the memory of the millions of victims - including Jews, Roma, homosexuals, and people with disabilities - that were annihilated by the Nazi regime.
On 27 January 1945, the largest Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated.

FRA Director strengthens ties with the European Economic and Social Committee (25 January)

On 25 January, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum, spoke to the employment, social affairs and citizenship section of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). He presented FRA’s most recent work, and explored ways to create synergies and further enhance cooperation with the EESC.

FRA attends Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting (26-27 January)

The FRA attended the informal Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Copenhagen. The topics under discussion included: towards solidarity between Member States as some states are under pressure from migration flows; the Commission's Green Paper on family reunification; terrorism, the Brussels I Regulation removing obstacles to the free movement of judicial decisions; as well as issues related to criminal law.

Participation of FRA at Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2012 (27 January)

On 27 January 2012, the FRA spoke in a panel debate at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2012 conference. The panel debate centred on 'Regulating profiling for law enforcement: the EU PNR case'. During the debate, the FRA discussed its 2011 opinion on the proposed Directive on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, which was requested by the European Parliament.

Opinion of the FRA Management Board on a new Multi-Annual Framework (2 December)

In accordance with Art. 5 (1) of Council Regulation 168/2007 of 15 February 2007, the European Commission invited the Management Board of the Agency to give an opinion on the Multi-Annual Framework (MAF) of the Agency for the period 2013-2018. A proposal for this new MAF is being prepared by the Commission and is expected to be adopted by the College soon. The Management Board's opinion can be found on the FRA website.

Latest speeches & articles

Article on Sport and Discrimination in Europe
"Sport and Citizenship" No 17, December 2011

Interview for internal Europol magazine 'Europolitan'
Europolitan No 9, December 2011

Latest video
Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Trailer

Video interview with FRA Seconded National Expert, Israel Butler

Latest FRA publications
FRA promotional postcard

Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European Union
November 2011

FRA promotional postcard

FRA promotional postcard
November 2011

Factsheet: Gender-based violence against women – an EU-wide survey

Factsheet: Gender-based violence against women – an EU-wide survey
October 2011

The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law

The legal protection of persons with mental health problems under non-discrimination law
October 2011

Human rights education at Holocaust memorial sites across the European Union: An overview of practices

Human rights education at Holocaust memorial sites across the European Union: An overview of practices
October 2011

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