100+ practical ideas to address the EU’s most pressing fundamental rights concerns: this is the outcome of the Fundamental Rights Forum that took place on 20-23 June and gathered over 700 leading human rights experts from around the world.
The Chair’s Statement, published today, addresses the three most pressing fundamental rights challenges facing the EU today: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age, corresponding to the three thematic areas discussed at the Forum. To take just three of the many ideas:
The Chair’s Statement will be presented on 11 July to both the EU Council’s Working Party responsible for fundamental rights (FREMP) and the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). The proposals and commitments it contains will thereafter be widely disseminated in national parliaments and among stakeholders, as well as forming the basis of much of the Agency’s forthcoming work.
The Chair’s Statement is not a negotiated and agreed text and in no way commits any of the Forum participants. It reflects elements that received strong support during the debates in Vienna from 20-23 June 2016. It attempts to capture the spirit of the event drawing on the multiple good suggestions, promising practices and innovative approaches that were shared throughout the event.