Romanian State Secretary and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Ciamba, visited the FRA director on 13 October to talk about possible cooperation during its upcoming EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2019.
The FRA Director met high-level officials in Sofia from 19 to 20 September to further strengthen the Agency’s cooperation with Bulgaria in light of the future Bulgarian EU Presidency that will start in January 2018.
Over the last decade, new fundamental rights laws and policies have been adopted and specialist institutions created. But fundamental rights challenges still remain and rights are under attack, underlining the lack of a fundamental rights culture across institutions and societies, as the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals in its 2017 Fundamental Rights Report.
The FRA Director visited Finland from 22 to 23 May as the Agency continues to strengthen its ties with Member States. While there it was an opportunity to support the launch of Finland’s National Action Plan on Human Rights and meet with government ministers and the human rights community. It was also a chance to see at first hand the results of the Agency’s project on local engagement with Roma.
The Agency shared its experiences of working with Roma communities during the closing workshop of the ROMED2 programme in Germany, a joint programme implemented by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
In the past many Roma inclusion efforts have failed to produce tangible results. To find out what works, what doesn’t and why, the Agency has been working with Roma communities and local authorities in 21 localities from 11 EU Member States. The case studies and supporting videos, which are now available, provide an insight of what can be done to promote Roma inclusion.