The European Commission has proposed new rules for protecting personal data. In this context, the 3rd Annual FRA Symposium will focus on the fundamental rights dimension of the proposed data protection reform.
The two-day seminar, "Remembering for the future", on how to empower citizens and spread promising practices of human rights and Holocaust education, took place in Copenhagen on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April. The seminar, organised jointly by the EU Commission, the Danish Institute for International Studies and the European Union for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will examine the important role that the holocaust and memorial sites can play in teaching about human rights.
On 23 April the FRA informed members of the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality about the scope, the aims and the timeline of the on-going EU-wide Violence against Women survey. The FRA was joined by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in the discussions.
On 18 April, Alan Miller, Chair of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutes meet with FRA management, and with FRA project managers and team members to discuss selected areas covered by FRA's work to further develop cooperation between FRA and NHRIs. The Chair of the European Group of NHRIs had an exchange of views with FRA project managers on Roma equality, asylum, migration and borders, rights of people with disabilities, children's rights and human rights education.
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On 13 April 2012 the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) visited the FRA. The meeting identified possible areas of cooperation between the two agencies. A concrete example of collaboration may be the production of the planned handbook currently being prepared by the FRA, together with the European Court of Human Rights, on asylum, immigration and border controls.
The FRA took part in a bilateral meeting with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, (Eurofound) on 20 April in Dublin. The meeting aimed to further strengthen already existing cooperation between the agencies and to explore new ways for joining forces.
By the end of March field research has been completed in two airports out of the eleven border crossing points covered by the study, namely Schiphol in the Netherlands and Paris Charles de Gaulle. So far, the FRA has visited six border crossing points, and will visit the Polish-Ukrainian border around 16-20 April. During these visits the FRA collects the experiences of up to 45 border guards on a number of issues relating to fundamental rights through a closed questionnaire. The field research is complemented by interviews with third country national passengers.