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The Hearing aimed at assessing EU's efforts to respect, protect, promote and fulfil human rights two years after the entry into force of the treaty of Lisbon. It was organised in the context of the preparation of the European Parliament Report (2011/2069(INI)) on the Situation of fundamental rights in the European Union 2010 (Rapporteur Monika Flašíková Beňová MEP).
FRA spoke about the complementary relationship between the three annual reports on the situation of Fundamental Rights as produced by the European Parliament, the European Commission and the FRA. It highlighted recent data and analysis on key fundamental rights challenges identified in 2011 across EU Member States. Finally, FRA stressed the importance of developing Fundamental Rights Indicators in order to properly measure the progress made in their implementation over time.
FRA was joined by a wide range of fundamental rights actors in the hearing, including the European Commission, the Polish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Council of Europe, the Court of Justice of the EU , the European Court of Human Rights and civil society organisations.