FRA Symposium on promoting the rule of law in the EU

Katheleen Lynch, Irish Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence
Katheleen Lynch, Irish Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality & Defence
Some 80 key experts from across Europe came together at FRA's premises to discuss challenges to the rule of law and fundamental rights, and to debate the best use of existing instruments as well as the creation of new indicators and assessment mechanisms in order to safeguard fundamental rights throughout the EU.

In his opening speech, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum spoke of the importance of defining the scope of the rule of law in the EU: "We would miss the point if we settled for a narrow reading limited to traditional aspects like judicial independence and the quality of lawmaking. The rule of law must be understood to include broader fundamental rights issues."

Irish Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, representing the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU held the keynote speech. She reminded participants that "despite robust EU legislation we still see worrying incidents of discrimination based on ethnic origin."

More information is available on the Symposium 2013 event pages.