The Agency’s Director, Michael O’Flaherty, presented FRA’s work priorities for this year to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) in Brussels on 20 February, as it does each year.
He informed Members about its recent report on 'Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU. He also flagged its analysis of the impact of the use of EU large-scale IT systems on fundamental rights that relates to at least nine EU legislative files on the LIBE agenda that is due out on 28 March. This included the Agency’s work on interoperability of these systems.
In addition, he spoke about its operational support at the migration hotspots in Greece and Italy, its periodic overviews of migration-related fundamental rights concerns, its upcoming work in the area of equality and non-discrimination, including Roma inclusion and other areas of the Agency’s work. He also welcomed Members to take part in the FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum.
Finally, he explained how the Agency is following up on its 2nd independent external evaluation. The presentation was followed by a lively exchange with MEPs. It was also an opportunity for the FRA Director to meet MEPs to discuss the Agency’s work.