FRA attended the final meeting of the expert group on fundamental rights which was set up by the Council of the EU Working Group on e-Law (e-Justice).
FRA presented its work on access to non-judicial redress mechanisms and political participation of people with disabilities at a seminar on EU disability law and the CRPD organised by the Academy of European Law in Trier on 18 and 19 April.
FRA took part in an expert group at the Council of the EU in Brussels on 10 December which looked at how to improve information and assistance for citizens to resolve fundamental rights problems.
Despite access to justice being a core fundamental right, barriers prevent many from exercising this legal right. European Day of Justice on 25 October serves to remind us of the need to improve access to justice and raise awareness of the key role this right plays in itself and in enabling other rights to be claimed.
Petitions and complaints give individuals, including people with disabilities, the tools to claim their rights. In doing so, they help make rights a reality, said FRA in its speech to a public hearing organised by the European Parliament's Petitions Committee on 'Protection of the rights of people with disabilities, from the perspective of petitions received' on 15 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
On 6 October, FRA will launch a pilot version of Clarity, an interactive online tool to help people with their fundamental rights problems. Clarity, which stands for the ‘Complaints, Legal Assistance and Rights Information Tool for You’, allows users to easily access information on non-judicial bodies dealing with their particular fundamental rights issue(s) in a given EU Member State.
FRA took part in an expert group at the Council of the EU on 25 September which looked at how to improve information and assistance for citizens to resolve fundamental rights problems.