FRA took part in a meeting in Brussels on 21 April at the European Parliament on its report on establishing an EU mechanism on democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights.
The aim was to exchange views with representatives from such bodies as the European Institutions, the Court of Justice of the EU and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission regarding safeguarding the values enshrined in the EU Treaties. The proposed mechanism would cover Member States as well as the EU itself. The Parliament’s report drew on FRA’s advice on developing a tool to objectively measure compliance with the values of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights, as requested by the Parliament. FRA issues Opinions on specific thematic topics, following requests for advice from the European Parliament, the EU Council or the European Commission. These Opinions are part of the agency's fundamental rights assistance and expertise that it provides to EU institutions and Member States.