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FRF hackathon: and the winner is… Franny, the fundamental rights bot

The results of the #RightsHack hackathon were presented on 22 June during FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna. The aim of the hackathon, organised by the Dutch Embassy in Vienna, FRA and Impact Hub Vienna, was to seek innovative digital solutions to some of the key fundamental rights issues of the day.

FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum begins

On 20 June, FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum officially begins. The European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans will deliver the keynote speech during the inauguration at Vienna’s City Hall while in the morning fundamental rights and technical experts will take part in a hackathon to find practical solutions to raise awareness of and respect for fundamental rights in the EU.

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Deutsche Welle: Katya Andrusz, Communications Coordinator for the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), told DW that Germany is not the only EU member state affected by racially motivated discrimination and violence. "Racial discrimination is most definitely an issue in Germany - but not only (there).”
TheIrishTimes: While much of the agency’s role is to highlight the human rights dimension of various pieces of EU legislation, one of O’Flaherty’s main aims is to increase awareness of the EU’s Charter for Fundamental Rights. The charter, which underpins EU law, applies to all EU institutions as well as member states when they are acting in an area of EU competency.