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Czech Parliament Senators visit FRA

A delegation of seven Senators from the Parliament of the Czech Republic visited the FRA in Vienna on 3 July, where they met the Agency’s Director, Morten Kjaerum, and staff members. The Senators are members of the Committee on EU Affairs, which is chaired by Luděk Sefzig.

2nd annual meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform
The second meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) took place in Vienna on 5-6 May. Almost hundred Civil Society Organizations from all over the European Union participated and contributed to the discussion.

The asylum seeker perspective: access to information and effective remedies

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Analysing asylum seeker experiences. Traditionally, asylum policy is only rarely informed by assessments of those who are most affected by it: the asylum seekers themselves. ...
FRA: Roma and Travellers face social exclusion and discrimination in housing

A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) gives evidence that Roma and Travellers are strongly disadvantaged in private and social housing throughout the European Union. This includes discrimination in access to housing, poor housing conditions, segregation, and forced evictions. The FRA report highlights shortcomings and good practices across the EU. The FRA is of the opinion that Member States should pay higher attention to the issue of residential segregation and poor housing conditions. Member States and local authorities should implement existing anti-discrimination legislation and policies for Roma inclusion, and intensify their efforts to better inform the Roma of their rights, and involve them in the planning and implementation of housing policies.

Contextualising the Roma debate in the European Union

Currently, there is much debate about the position of the Roma, both living in their country of origin or in another EU Member State. The Fundamental Rights Agency is mandated to provide evidence-based advice to decision-makers in the EU. The Agency's evidence aims at informing EU and national policy-makers and contextualising debates on fundamental rights in the European Union.

FRA report launched on Roma migration and freedom of movement

9 November 2009, FRA releases a new report on "The situation of Roma EU citizens moving to and settling in other EU Member States". This report provides evidence that Roma are strongly discriminated against and experience social exclusion when exercising their EU citizens' right of freedom of movement. The FRA report highlights shortcomings but also points out good practices across the EU. It gives concrete recommendations on how the situation could be improved.The Agency will present its Report and some positive initiatives at a Joint International Conference of the FRA, Council of Europe and the OSCE on Roma migration and freedom of movement, which takes place in Vienna on 09-10 November.

The rights of children in the EU: two new FRA reports published

The FRA has published two new reports to coincide with the first day of its annual Fundamental Rights Conference which this year looks into ensuring justice and protection for children.

Asylum procedures should be harmonised and improved

Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA): asylum procedures should be harmonised and improved - EU Ministerial Conference on Asylum on 13-14 September, Brussels Substantial differences exist between the asylum procedures in the 27 EU Member States, creating an uneven playing field. For the first time, EU research provides evidence about asylum-seekers' own experiences across the EU. The findings of the research will inform discussions at the ministerial conference on asylum.

Annual activity report 2008

Annual activity report  2008
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The Annual Report 2008 is the first to be produced on the basis of the FRA legal base and mandate (Council Regulation 168//2007, art. 4.1(e)). It covers information, events and developments related to racism and xenophobia in the EU for the year 2007, which was the Agency's focus of work prior to the adoption of its Multiannual Framework in February 2008.
If your vote is not counted, do you not count?

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has today published a report on the right to political participation of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities in the European Union (EU). The right to vote is a fundamental right of all EU citizens. However, in some Member States persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities are discriminated against, since they are not granted this right.