Head of Unit, Institutional Cooperation and Networks Unit
Andreas Accardo oversees the Agency’s cooperation with its institutional partners, including the EU institutions, Member State governments, human rights bodies, civil society and intergovernmental organisations. The Unit liaises with policy makers at the EU and national level to support the development of fundamental rights compliant legislation and policies. Andreas Accardo joined the Agency’s precursor organisation, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, in 2004. He then continued working for FRA where he led diverse projects, for example in the area of Roma integration, human rights at the local level and media diversity. From 2014 to 2018, he headed the Director's Office. Prior to joining FRA, he worked on institution-building programmes in former Yugoslavia with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He coordinated technical assistance and administrative reform programmes for local governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as capacity-building projects for the national parliaments of Serbia and Montenegro.
He holds a master’s degree in political science from the German University of Münster and a postgraduate degree in peace and conflict studies. His areas of expertise include EU and international relations, political affairs, human rights and good governance.