About the 2011 FRA Symposium
'Fundamental rights indicators' can be applied to many areas. To facilitate the discussions, the Symposium will focus on the potential use of indicators to measure the implementation of fundamental rights in five key areas.
The five key areas have been considered as they are part of the FRA's own thematic priorities and are particularly vulnerable to rights violations.
- Data protection indicators working group
Data protection indicators will be discussed taking into account existing experiences, drawing in particular on data protection redress mechanisms. Furthermore, the working group will consider EU and national level implementation of data protection and assess how indicators best could be developed in this area. The relevance of the EU competency and the mandate of the FRA provides a framework for the elaborations.
- Rights of the child indicators working group
The working group will discuss the further development of the Indicator Area: 'Family Environment and Alternative Care' of the FRA's Indicators on the Rights of the Child. Further development of this indicator area will focus on the implementation of the Guidelines on Child Friendly Justice recently adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
- Roma indicators working group
In some parts of the EU, the educational situation of Roma children remains unsatisfactory despite national efforts. Preschool enrolment of Roma children remains extremely low. In some countries, Roma children are more likely to be segregated in special schools or classes. A high proportion of Roma in several countries continue to reach lower educational levels compared to the majority population. Indicators and benchmarks are needed to measure progress. Regular and systematic collection of ethnically disaggregated data, with attention to data protection safeguards (e.g. EU Data Protection Directive), could contribute to measuring impact of Roma inclusion policies.
See FRA Factsheets and Reports:
The Fundamental Rights Position of Roma and Travellers in the EU
EU-MIDIS Data in Focus Report 1: The Roma
- Disability indicators working group
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) obliges countries to regularly collect statistical and research data to identify and address the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in exercising their rights. But how can progress be measured? Is there adequate data collection nationally? Can national comparisons be made? Are indicators based on human rights principles, or do they stem from social policy considerations? The working group on disability indicators will look at the Convention’s requirements, take stock of existing data and look ahead.
- Access to justice indicators working group
Access to justice indicators will be examined with reference to practical experiences of measurement of structure, process as well as outcome level. The discussion will be structured by the consideration of costs of access to justice, quality of the procedure and quality of outcomes, while also debating the transferability of national measurement approaches to the EU-level.
The Symposium will explore how indicators could help measure the effectiveness of EU action and related national policies that have been put in place to address specific fundamental rights issues. As a result, the discussions will generate policy-relevant insights on the use of various types of qualitative and quantitative indicators (structural, process and outcome) to help guide the implementation of the Charter.
The FRA will also integrate the outcome of the 2011 Symposium into a variety of FRA projects, including its Annual Report on fundamental rights.
FRA 2010 Annual Report
FRA has pioneered innovative ways of compiling and collecting data on equality and fundamental rights, in particular through the European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS), as well as its recent surveys on Roma and violence against women.