German Parliament’s EU Law Sub-committee visits FRA

Delegation from German Parliament’s Sub-committee for EU Law with FRA staff
Delegation from German Parliament’s Sub-committee for EU Law with FRA staff
A delegation from the German Parliament’s Sub-committee for EU Law visited FRA at its premises in Vienna on 27 May 2013. The aim of the visit was to provide the delegation with an overview of FRA’s work and exchange views on how national parliaments can make use of the Agency's evidence and expertise.

FRA Director Morten Kjaerum welcomed the delegation and presented the strategic priorities of the Agency. This was followed by presentations on FRA’s working methods, key pieces of current FRA research , cooperation with EU institutions and bodies, and FRA opinions in the context of EU legislation.

The delegation highlighted the usefulness and importance of FRA data and opinions for legislative developments on both EU and Member State level. The members were particularly interested in the Agency's work on hate crime, data protection, safeguards to ensure its institutional independence, cooperation with the Council of Europe, and how national parliaments could make use of FRA's comparative information. In this context, the delegation welcomed the FRA's new online LGBT survey data explorer, which offers easy access to country level data, and also its app for mobile devices on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.