FRA Newsletter - May 2012

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Upcoming In the spotlight

7 - 8 June: Conference on autonomy and inclusion for people with disabilities

FRA Symposium on data protection (10 May)

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.

For more information, see the FRA Symposium 2012 website.

FRA in social media Events and launches: Highlights

Photo gallery of 5th Fundamental Rights Platform meeting
Photos from the 2012 FRP meeting focusing on victims’ rights and under-reporting

Facebook page of the European LGBT survey
Make your experience count: take part in the largest ever LGBT Survey!

Remembering for the future (26-27 April)

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.

FRA presents upcoming violence against women survey to European Parliament (23 April)

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.

Forging closer links between the FRA and the European Group of NHRIs (18 April)

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.

European LGBT survey - Share the link!

Help us spread the word about the survey! The more people we reach in the LGBT community the better the chances are that the survey will reflect the opinion of everyone concerned. Please forward the link via email, on Twitter, on your blog, or any social media where you feel comfortable to do so: http://lgbtsurvey.eu

FRA meets with European Asylum Support Office (13 April)

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.

Meeting strengthens ties with EU living and working conditions foundation (20 April)

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.

Update on FRA project on treatment of third-country nationals at external borders (16 April)

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.

Open vacancies

Call for Expressions of Interest for Seconded National Expert
Application deadline: 21 May 2012

Latest speeches & articles

Closing speech at the Fundamental Rights Platform
Vienna, 20 April

Speech at the 21st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
Vienna, 24 April

Speech at the ‘Remembering for the future’ EU Seminar
Copenhagen, 26 April

Latest video

Conference on autonomy and inclusion for people with disabilities

Latest FRA publications
Factsheet: FRA survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism

Factsheet: FRA survey of Jewish people’s experiences and perceptions of antisemitism
March 2012

Factsheet: Inequalities and multiple discrimination in healthcare

Factsheet: Inequalities and multiple discrimination in healthcare
Febuary 2012

FRA Booklet: Who we are, what we do, how we do it

FRA Booklet: Who we are, what we do, how we do it
February 2012

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

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