The year 2018 brought both progress and setbacks in terms of fundamental
rights protection. FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2019 reviews major
developments in the field, identifying both achievements and remaining areas
of concern. This publication presents FRA’s opinions on the main developments
in the thematic areas covered, and a synopsis of the evidence supporting these
The right to vote is at the heart of what it means
to live in a democratic society. However, legislation
sets out a number of restrictions on this right. With a view to the European Parliament elections in
2019, this paper presents developments in the situation
of the right to vote for people deprived of legal
capacity in the EU.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
(FRA) wanted to contribute to making steps to implement
deinstitutionalisation more effective, by capturing
concrete evidence of what is and what is
not working on the ground. To do this, the agency
conducted extensive fieldwork research in five EU
Member States at different stages of the deinstitutionalisation
This summary report presents the key findings of
that fieldwork and the FRA opinions stemming from
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities commits both the EU and all of its Member States
to realising the right of persons with disabilities to live independently in the community – which includes
achieving deinstitutionalisation for those residing in institutional settings. But much remains to be done to
make this a reality in practice. This report presents the main insights gained during fieldwork on the drivers of and barriers to
deinstitutionalisation. Focusing on the local level, it gives voice to a diverse set of actors – most importantly,
to people with disabilities themselves.
The year 2017 brought both progress and setbacks in terms of rights protection. The European Pillar of Social Rights marked an important move towards a more ‘social Europe’. But, as experiences with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights underscore, agreement on a text is merely a first step. Even in its eighth year as the EU's binding bill of rights, the Charter's potential was not fully exploited, highlighting the need to more actively promote its use.
The year 2017 brought both progress and setbacks in terms of fundamental rights protection. FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2018 reviews major developments in the EU between
January and December 2017, and outlines FRA’s opinions thereon.
EU Member States, and the EU itself have ratified
the CRPD, committing themselves to achieving independent
living for persons with disabilities. Doing so
requires a meaningful and sustainable shift from institutional
to community-based living arrangements. This
publication summarises the findings from the three
FRA reports focusing on different aspects of deinstitutionalisation.
Civil society organisations in the European Union play a crucial role in promoting fundamental
rights, but it has become harder for them do so – due to both legal and practical restrictions.
This summary outlines the main
findings and FRA’s opinions on the different
types and patterns of challenges faced by civil society
organisations across the EU,