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Strengthening ties with Portugal

The Agency held a series of meetings in Lisbon from 20 to 23 June where it met with various national stakeholders to discuss future joint initiatives in raising awareness about fundamental rights and use of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter at the national level.

Discussions were held with the Portuguese Ombudsman, the State Secretary for Equality and Citizenship & the High Commissioner for Migration. While in Lisbon, FRA also launched Portuguese versions of FRA’s legal handbooks on access to justice and on asylum, borders and immigration to 150 Lawyers and legal practitioners. FRA presented both Handbooks and possibilities for application to the legal practitioners, including the FRA’s Charterpedia app.

FRA also ran a workshop on the EU human rights infrastructure, European non-discrimination law and access to justice. The Portuguese branch of the European Anti-Poverty Network took part in the workshop. There was particular emphasis given to possible future cooperation in promoting awareness of the application of the Charter on Fundamental Rights by civil society at a national level.