After speaking about the importance of raising awareness of fundamental rights at national level, she moved on to talk of the most critical challenges and achievements in fundamental rights covered by the Agency in its report. Four thematic areas were focused on, beginning with asylum and migration, followed by the rights of the child, then racism and xenophobia, and finally data protection.
In closing, she stressed the fact that the EU has a strong fundamental rights framework and that there is therefore reason for optimism.
“I would like to emphasise that in talking of the many challenges facing us, we should keep in mind the many achievements. Europe’s citizens enjoy a degree of justice, freedom and security that is unknown in many places. This is an incredible accomplishment that we should never take for granted.”
The next national presentation of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2016 will take place in Finland on 17 October.