The Agency will hold a fundamental rights workshop for hotspots operators in the newly established hotspot of Messina on 24 October.
The workshop is being held in cooperation with the European Commission and its migrants support team in Italy and the Italian Ministry of Interior. It seeks to share expertise and best practices from other existing hotspots among staff working in the hotspots. The Agency will specifically looked at fundamental rights issues connected to the identification, treatment and referral of vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers, including unaccompanied children, to ensure that the hotspots approach must be implemented in full conformity with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. It will address very practical and real life scenarios in order to streamline the implementation of the standard operating procedures in a fundamental rights-compliant manner. The workshop will bring together representatives from the Ministry of Interior, authorities in various Italian hotspots, European Commission/DG Home migrants support team in Italy, EU Agencies such as Frontex, EASO and Europol, UNHCR, IOM, as well as NGOs, local health authorities, social assistants and cultural mediators.