FRA presented the preliminary findings from its research into the fundamental rights aspects of three Framework Decisions in the area of pre- and post-trial detention, and issues related to the transfer of prisoners at a conference on 24 September.
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.
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.
On 21 July, FRA presented the agency and its 2014 Annual Report of fundamental rights challenges and achievements to the Polish Senate in Warsaw. Speaking at the joint session of three parliamentary committees, the European Affairs Committee, Family, Social Policy and Senior Citizens’ Affairs Committee as well as Committee on Human Rights, Rule of Law and Petitions, the interim FRA Director, Constantinos Manolopoulos, focused on the issues of migration, victims’ rights and child rights.
Labour exploitation has become an endemic problem, and EU Member States need to make a greater effort to promote a climate of zero tolerance, FRA Freedoms and Justice Department Head Joanna Goodey said during the presentation of a new FRA report to members of the European Parliament Committee of Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) on 15 July.