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.