The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is collecting and analysing relevant data and information on the impact for people’s fundamental rights of the measures taken by EU Member States in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Agency’s multidisciplinary research network, FRANET, collects the data, complemented by desk research.
The impact on fundamental rights of the measures taken in the context of the outbreak have raised concerns globally. In an online vlog, for example, FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty highlights the need to mitigate the impact of measures on people’s rights, to ensure that measures are necessary and proportionate to the evaluated risk and that their impact on certain groups, such as children and older people, are taken into account.
FRA’s research will identify key measures that government and public authorities in the 27 EU Member States took to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. It will describe their impact on selected key fundamental rights such as non-discrimination and equality, freedom of movement, privacy and data protection.
FRA will collect information on:
It should be noted that while FRA is focusing its data collection on these issues, the final content of the report may differ slightly as the situation varies across EU Member States and is evolving rapidly.
FRA will issue a short report on its website in the second week of April 2020.