FRA Newsletter - March 2012

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19 - 20 April: 5th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting

Bringing the Charter to life - FRA/Danish Presidency seminar (15-16 March)

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.

For further details, see the official web site of the Danish Presidency.

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Women still face inequalities and often multiple forms of discrimination (8 March)

"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."

FRA joins panel to speak to European Parliamentary Committee about Hungary (9 February)

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.

FRA signs Memorandum of Understanding with European University Institute (14 February)

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.

FRA Booklet: Who we are, what we do, how we do it (15 February)

To mark five years since the Agency was established, the FRA is publishing a new easy-to-understand booklet that explains "who we are, what we do and how we do it".

Currently in English, the booklet will soon be also available in French and German. Other EU languages will follow.

Factsheet on FRA's multiple discrimination project (20 February)

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.

Latest speeches & articles

Speech to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee on the situation in Hungary
Brussels, 9 February

Speech to the European University Institute
Florence, 14 February

Latest video
Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Trailer

Video interview with FRA Seconded National Expert, Israel Butler

Latest FRA publications
The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges

The Racial Equality Directive: application and challenges
January 2012

Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Summary conclusions by the FRA

Fundamental Rights Conference 2011 - Summary conclusions by the FRA
December 2011

FRA promotional postcard

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

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