How our work is used
The work of the FRA is used by various stakeholders including, but not limited to, the institutions and bodies of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the UN, the OSCE and other international organisations. A selection of examples is given below.
|EP - Plenary sitting - Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2010 - 2011) (2011/2069(INI))||12/12/2012||FRA mandate||
..."L. whereas the May 2012 joint study by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank on the situation of the Roma confirms that the Roma suffer discrimination throughout Europe and that their situation is worse than that of all non-Roma in comparable situations; whereas the discrimination and increased violence against them in EU Member States are rooted in latent anti-Gypsy attitudes,"...
|Opinion of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Corporate Social Responsibility||05/12/2012||FRA mandate||
..."6. Calls for greater policy coherence to be established at EU level by bringing public procurement, export credit, good governance, competition, development, trade, investment and other policies and agreements into conformity with the international human rights, social and environmental standards laid down in the relevant OECD and UN guidelines and principles:"..."recalls, while recognising the significance of the UN human rights framework for CSR, the importance of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, including Article 16 thereof, which guarantees the fundamental right to conduct a business, a right that should be duly taken into account and serve as a reference to support CSR policies in the EU; underlines the importance of balancing the freedom to conduct business with other rights guaranteed by the Charter, as well as with internationally recognised CSR principles and guidelines; welcomes, in this connection, the efforts of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to collect evidence and expertise concerning the existence and interpretation of the freedom to conduct business;"
|EP Study: Evaluating current and forthcoming proposals on JHA databases and a smart borders system at EU external borders||01/11/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
|EP Study: Towards an EU roadmap for equality on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity||15/10/2012||LGBT rights||
..."The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has an important role in collecting data on LGBTI experiences to assist the development of policy tailored to LGBTI needs. The box below lists some of the reports on LGBTI concerns prepared by the FRA to date, and currently under preparation." ...
|European Parliament resolution of 24 May 2012 on the fight against homophobia in Europe (2012/2657(RSP))||24/05/2012||LGBT rights||
Situation in the European Union
..."5. Draws attention to the findings of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report ‘Homophobia, transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity'; calls on the Commission and Member States to implement the opinions contained therein to the greatest possible extent;"...
|European Parliament / DG Internal Policies " EU Framework of Law for children Rights" April 2012||01/04/2012||Rights of the child||
|European Parliament resolution of 14 March 2012 on the 2011 progress report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - provi||14/03/2012||Discrimination||
... "40. Welcomes the establishment of an Anti-Discrimination Commission this year and calls for the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency and in the Equinet Network of European independent anti-discrimination agencies to fully support and cooperate with its work; welcomes the fact that three complaints of alleged discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation brought forward by the Coalition for Sexual and Health Rights are being investigated by the Commission;".....
|European Parliament / Annual report on equality between women and men in the European Union - 2012||05/03/2012||LGBT rights||
... "-having regard to the Fundamental Rights Agency’s Report on Homophobia, Transphobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity (2010),"....
|European Parliament resolution of 15 December 2011 on detention conditions in the EU (2011/2897(RSP))||15/02/2012||Access to justice||
... "3. Calls on the Commission and the Fundamental Rights Agency to monitor the situation as regards detention conditions in the EU, and support the Member States in their efforts to ensure that their laws and policies are consistent with the highest standards in the field(19)" ...
|EP resolution on the recent political development in Hungary (PE483.154v01-00) 14.02.2012||14/02/2012||FRA mandate||
..."(6) Instructs the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, in cooperation with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission, to follow up the issue of whether and how the recommendations of the Commission and the European Parliament set out in point 4 of this resolution have been implemented and to present its findings in a report; (para.6)
|European Parliament resolution of 14 December 2011 on the EU Counter-Terrorism Policy: main achievements and future challenges (||14/12/2011||Data protection||
..."25. Stresses that a proper evaluation of ten years of counter-terrorism policies should focus on examining whether the measures taken to prevent and combat terrorism in the EU have been evidence-based (and not based on assumptions), needs-driven, coherent and part of a comprehensive EU counter-terrorism strategy , based on an in-depth and complete appraisal, to be carried out in line with Article 70 of the TFEU, with the Commission reporting back to a Joint Parliamentary Meeting of the European Parliament and national parliamentary committees responsible for overseeing counter-terrorism activities within six months of the study being commissioned, drawing upon reports to be requested from relevant organisations and agencies such as Europol, Eurojust, the Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Data Protection Supervisor, the Council of Europe and the United Nations;"
..."43. Calls on the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Fundamental Rights Agency to report on the level of protection of fundamental rights and personal data in the field of EU Counter-Terrorism Policy;"...
|CMW – Draft general comment No. 2 on the rights of migrant workers in an irregular situation and members of their families||01/12/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
C. Protection of economic, social and cultural rights of migrant workers in an irregular situation and members of their families (Part III)
|OHCHR: Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation||07/11/2012||Discrimination||
..."Box 23. Measuring discrimination
|ECtHR - Judgment / Case Yordanova and Others v. Bulgaria - Application no. 25446/06||24/09/2012||Roma||
.... "80. In October 2009 the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights issued a comparative report on the housing conditions of Roma and travellers in the EU.
81. According to the report, significant numbers of Roma in Europe live in unauthorised settlements. For example, in 2002 an estimated 70% of houses in urban Romani developments in Bulgaria were illegally built, in 1999 in Greece approximately 63,000 Roma lived in unregulated encampments and in 2008 in France most Roma groups lived in squalid shantytowns.
82. The report also mentioned cases of forced evictions of such encampments, in particular in Italy and Greece." ...
|International Juvenile Justice Observatory - Press Room||31/05/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
..."Recognizing the importance of networking and dialogue opportunities that the Platform offers, OIJJ works closely with the FRA to include juvenile justice issues in the European agenda and participates actively in the activities of the FRP. This year's meeting focused on the victims' rights, the phenomena of under-reporting and multiple discrimination experienced by the victims. "...
..."The OIJJ recognizes the crucial importance of the work on EU and Council of Europe level and coordination between the stakeholders, both civil society and the regional power structures. Also, as this list of recent success demonstrates, those are the fora where the cause of Global Juvenile Justice can be brought forward and seen to trickle down to national level."...
|Roma Early Childhood Inclusion - report||06/03/2012||Roma||
|12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on crime prevention and criminal justice responses to violence against||05/02/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, EU-MIDIS European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey: Main Results Report, (Vienna, 2009)
|UN - General Assembly A/HR/19/41 17.11.2011 - Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence||17/11/2011||LGBT rights||
Homophobia, Transphobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the EU Member States: Summary of Findings, Trends, Challenges and Promising Practices", European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna, 2011, p. 13.
p.17 - VI. Discriminatory practices. A. Discrimination in employment.
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, "Homophobia and Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Part II - the Social Situation", 2009, Vienna, pp. 63-64.
|Guidelines for educators on countering intolerance / OSCE 2011||28/10/2011||FRA mandate||
FRA, as an advisory body, helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. It collects evidence about the situation of fundamental rights across the European Union and provides advice, based on evidence, about how to improve the situation. The FRA also informs people about their fundamental rights, including in relation to combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. It has issued several reports on intolerance and discrimination against Muslims in the EU.
|SWD (2012) 281 final - Commission Staff working document - on the implementation of the Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors||28/09/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
IV. RECEPTION AND PROCEDURAL GUARANTEES
|COM(2012) 286 final - The EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016||19/06/2012||Rights of the child||
2.1. PRIORITY A: Identifying, protecting and assisting victims of trafficking
2.4. PRIORITY D: Enhanced coordination and cooperation among key actors and policy coherence
To strengthen existing instruments, and building upon its past and on-going work on trafficking, in 2014 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, will start to develop a tool, such as a handbook or a guide, to assist Member States in addressing fundamental rights issues specifically related to anti-trafficking policy and related actions, which will take into account relevant structures, processes, and outcomes and will focus on the rights of victims, incorporating a gender perspective and the best interests of the child. As a next step, the Commission will, through the future justice funding programmes assist Member States in implementing this tool."...
|Opinion on a possible EU awareness raising campaign on violence against women and girls (VAWG) - EC - EU Advisory Committee||23/05/2012||Gender||
|COM(2012) 226 final - Communication of 21 May 2012 on National Roma Integration Strategies: a first step in the implementation o||21/05/2012||Roma||
..."The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency will continue its surveys across the EU and work closely with the Member States to support them in developing robust national monitoring systems."...
|SPEECH/12/358 - A need for strong European leadership to combat discrimination, Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner respons||15/05/2012||LGBT rights||
...The Commission has also asked the Fundamental Rights Agency to conduct a survey to obtain a complete picture on the discrimination, hate speech and hate crime against LGBTI people in all EU Member States.
|SPEECH/12/316 - Strong and independent data protection authorities: the bedrock of the EU's data protection reform||03/05/2012||Data protection||
"In last year's annual report of the Working Party, the Commission therefore introduced clear indicators that should allow us to assess the current level of funding [of Data Protection Authorities] and draw comparisons. The Fundamental Rights Agency has also carried out a very useful study."
|COM(2012) 169 final - 2011 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights||16/04/2012||Racism, xenophobia & related intolerance||
"According to the 2011 Annual Report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, '10 of the 12 Member States, which publish sufficient criminal justice data on racist crime to be able to undertake an analysis of trends, experienced an upward trend in recorded racist crime' during the period 2000-2009." ...
|Commission Decision of 14 February 2012 setting up the Commission expert group on policy needs for data on crime and repealing D||15/02/2012||FRA mandate||
..."Article 4 - Membership - appointment"
"1. The group shall be composed of a maximum of 55 members. The members shall be:"
|Article on theparliament.com - Violence against women: Viviane Reding||23/11/2011||Gender||
"Reliable data would allow us to assess the real extent of the problem and to find appropriate solutions. The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is currently working on an EU-wide survey on violence against women that will be presented in 2013.
The survey’s main objective is to provide reliable and comparable data on women’s experiences of various types of physical, sexual and psychological violence by current and former partners and non-partners to enable the commission to take the appropriate follow-up."
|Report by by Nils Muižnieks Commissioner on Human Rights Following his visit to Finland from 11 to 13 June 2012||25/09/2012||Discrimination||
2. Non-discrimination and reform of equal treatment legislation
"57. .... The 2009 EU-MIDIS Survey carried out by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) pointed out that 27% of Russians in Finland felt discriminated against in the past 12 months, the highest score of the countries surveyed (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania). 27% of the incidents were reported to the authorities. Work-related discrimination was the most common type of incident. 12% of Russian-speakers reported that they had been victims of racially-motivated crime and 2% perceived that they had been victims of racial profiling by the police. According to police statistics, 38 persons born in Russia had been victims of suspected racist crime in Finland in 2010 (4% of all cases)." ...
|ECRI report on Sweden adopted on 19 June 2012, published on 25 September 2012||25/09/2012||Discrimination||
42. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Antisemitism: Summary overview of the situation in the European Union 2001-2010: Working Paper, Vienna, April 2011
|Committee of Ministers - 1144 DH Meeting (4-6 June 2012) - volume de décisions et mémorandum arrêt M.S.S.||29/05/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
II. Greece: assessment of the action plan
..."25. The Committee of Ministers could also welcome the efforts aimed at improving detention conditions in the Evros region (Footnote 16 - In that respect, it could be borne in mind that the situation in Evros was characterised as "a humanitarian crisis, see European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, "Coping with a fundamental rights emergency. The situation of persons crossing the Greek land border in a irregular manner", Thematic situation report, March 2011.)"...
|ECRI Report on Denmark (fourth monitoring cycle)||22/05/2012||Discrimination||
|Annual report on ECRI's activities - covering the period from 1 January to 31 December 2011||01/05/2012||FRA mandate||
|The impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Council of Europe - Reply to Recommendation 1982 (2011)||05/04/2012||FRA mandate||
... "7. On the basis of the agreement concluded in 2008 between the Council of Europe and the European Community, synergies have also been established between the Organisation and the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the EU (FRA) and will be further developed, including in the areas of children's rights, migration and asylum. Progress made in this respect is regularly reviewed by the GR-EXT." ...
|CoE Commissioner Human Rights - Human rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe 2012 /||01/03/2012||Roma||
... "In its document on'Understanding and preventing discriminatory ethnic profiling' of October 2010, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency has noted that 'profiling can become problematic if there is no specific intelligence to help identify individual suspects, and profiles are based on broad characteristics, such as race, ethnicity or religion rather
..."The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency recently noted the following with respect to the involvement of Roma as perpetrators of trafficking:
|ECRI report for Luxembourg (adopted on 08.12.2011 and published 21.02.2012)||21/02/2012||Racism, xenophobia & related intolerance||
|Issue Paper CommDH/IssuePaper(2012)2: "WHO GETS TO DECIDE? Right to legal capacity for persons with intellectual and psychosocia||20/02/2012||
... "Other rights are affected as well, including the right to work, to marry and to political participation. A recent report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows that the majority of EU member states links the right to political participation to the legal capacity of the individual. As a result, these countries have an automatic or quasi-automatic provision in their legal systems excluding persons with psychosocial and/or intellectual disabilities whose legal capacity has been restricted from the right to vote. And this is regardless of whether these individuals actually understand the idea of voting or not."...
|EU statement at the thematic debate “Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity” - Committee of Ministe||18/09/2012||LGBT rights||
.... "The EU strongly supports the Council of Europe's action aiming at combating all forms of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons. The EU is ready to strengthen cooperation with the Council of Europe in this field - as it is mentioned in the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy – on the basis of complementarity. In particular the EU is prepared to develop a strategy on how to cooperate with third countries, including within the Council of Europe.
Concerning possible cooperation measures, the EU welcomes the Secretary General's suggestion contained in document SG/Inf(2012)24 to expand to all Council of Europe's member states the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s methodology on LGBT data collection."
|Council of the European Unon - 13847/12 Note from Presidency - Apprehension of migrants in an irregular situation||18/09/2012||Asylum, immigration & integration of migrants||
Delegations will find attached a series of considerations from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights concerning the apprehension of immigrants in an irregular situation.
|Council conclusions on the 2011 report from the Commission||26/06/2012||FRA mandate||
.."10. The data collected by the Fundamental Rights Agency on specific thematic topics and opinions given in accordance with its mandate remain an important tool for the EU institutions and its Member States in many matters related to the implementation of EU law. The Council appreciates the role of the Agency in raising awareness about when the Charter applies and about where to turn to when fundamental rights have been violated, including through the further development of its dedicated Charterpedia web-database and application.
11. Bearing in mind the invitation made in the Stockholm Program, the Council encourages all EU institutions and the Member States to make full use of the expertise of the Agency and to consult with the Agency, where appropriate and in line with its mandate, on the development of legislation and policies with implications for fundamental rights. Furthermore, the Council invites the Agency, in the reports drafted with its thematic areas, to take into account how the Charter is being applied. The Council finally reiterates its commitment to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Agency's annual reports and, where appropriate, other reports, in the Working Party on Fundamental Rights, Citizens' Rights and Free Movement of Persons or in other preparatory bodies of the Council, depending on the subject matter of the report."...