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The overall purpose of the meeting in Brussels is to provide the Council with a comprehensive understanding on how to harmonise the EU’s internal and external human rights strategies. The meeting will focus on two specific areas, integrated child protection systems, and combatting racism and xenophobia.

FRA will contribute to discussions on integrated child protection systems alongside representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. FRA presentation will focus on preliminary findings from its work on measures to eliminate violence against children with disabilities.

Later discussions will focus on the state of play in the fight against racism and xenophobia. FRA will provide an overview of the situation of racism and xenophobia in the EU and its work carried out together with EU Member States in the working party on hate crime. It will draw on the results of the FRA’s Annual report 2014 and existing surveys.