The FRA, together with the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will organise a seminar on the practical application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on 15-16 March in Copenhagen. This seminar will seek to explore the challenges and opportunities of applying the Charter in practice, both at EU and national level, with a view to identifying promising practices and finding ways to improve cooperation between responsible authorities, European and national institutions, and civil society.
"The rights of women have long been recognised. But in practice these rights are often violated," says FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum, on the occasion of International Women's Day on 8 March. "In addition, since discrimination can take many forms, as FRA research has shown, many women face multiple discrimination because, for example, of their gender and ethnic background or because of their gender and their age."
On 9 February, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum was one of the experts speaking to a hearing at the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) about the situation in Hungary. The hearing aimed at giving parliamentarians more background and analysis about the situation in Hungary with regard to EU core values, including fundamental rights.
The FRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European University Institute in Florence on 14 February. The Memorandum formally allows the Agency and Institute to strengthen ties and cooperate on issues of fundamental rights. During the visit to the Institute, the FRA Director Morten Kjaerum also gave a public lecture about the EU's fundamental rights architecture and spoke to Ph.D. students at the Institute about the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The factsheet on FRA's multiple discrimination project ‘Inequalities and multiple discrimination in healthcare' was issued on 20 February 2012. It sketches out the policy context and legal framework in the EU as regards multiple discrimination as well as the project's objectives.