The FRP is a "mechanism of exchange and pooling of knowledge" created for facilitating a "structured and fruitful dialogue". FRA’s cooperation with civil society is defined in Art. 10 of its Founding Regulation, and is detailed in its Terms of Reference.
The Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) is not a body of FRA, and there is no “membership”. Civil society organisations can subscribe to the FRP database, for the purpose of receiving and giving information and contributing to FRA consultations. When subscribing to the FRP database, organisations also subscribe themselves to the FRP’s code of conduct/Terms of Reference, in particular Art. 1 (3), including respecting and promoting fundamental rights, and to refraining from any conduct going against the fundamental rights of any person or group of persons, as are recognised by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. FRA cannot be held responsible for any acts or statements by organisations registered in the database. For further information please contact the FRP team firstname.lastname@example.org.
As per its Founding Regulation, FRA co-operates with:
- non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights
- trade unions
- employers' organisations
- relevant social and professional organisations
- churches, religious, philosophical and non-confessional organisations
- other qualified experts of European and international bodies and organisations.
Methods of cooperation, dialogue and exchange of information include:
- Information exchange (newsletters, reports, communicating through email@example.com, social media, etc).
- Meetings: thematic meetings, Fundamental Rights Forum, Agency country visits, inviting FRA speakers to key events by civil society organisations, speaking at FRA events.
- Contributing to FRA projects from beginning to end.
- Consultations: on Agency work plans, on its annual Fundamental Rights Report and on FRA’s Multi-Annual Framework.
- Communicating outcomes and recommendations of civil society conferences, seminars and meetings relevant to the work of the Agency to the Director and the Scientific Committee
- Capacity building for civil society organisations, in particular in view of enabling appropriate ‘civic space’ and regarding the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
- Assisting FRA’s Director in coordinating FRP activities through the Platform’s Advisory Panel