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The six strategic priorities cover enhancing FRA’s contribution to processes at the EU level; and also at the national level; identifying trends over time and measuring progress in Member States; developing timely and targeted responses to fundamental rights emergencies; improving the impact of FRA’s communication and awareness raising; and planning the FRA work and evaluating its impact.

In addition, the plan describes the agency’s nine thematic objectives while also taking into account external developments which may have an impact on FRA’s work such as changes in the EU institutional framework and developments in the areas of freedom, security and justice as the EU’s multi-annual Stockholm Programme draws to a close. For each theme, the plan describes emerging fundamental rights concerns, the EU legislative and policy context, FRA’s planned response and the results it expects to achieve.

FRA strategic plan 2013-2017 serves as a basis for FRA’s activities each year during this period. It was developed drawing on input from consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including FRA's Management and Executive Boards and its staff as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Council of Europe, national human rights bodies, civil society, etc. During 2014, the plan was finetuned to address the Management Board comments made during its formal adoption in December 2013.