The Agency took part in the Council of Europe’s drafting group responsible for developing standards on guardianship for children in the context of migration. The meeting, held in Strasbourg on 19 and 20 September, discussed issues related to the organisation of guardianship systems.
The FRA Director met high-level officials in Sofia from 19 to 20 September to further strengthen the Agency’s cooperation with Bulgaria in light of the future Bulgarian EU Presidency that will start in January 2018.
Across many parts of Europe the face of democracy as we have known it is changing. We need to ensure today’s youth engage and are heard in political processes, says the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights ahead of International Youth Day on 12 August. This is especially vital at a time when the fundamental rights that affect us all are under threat.
In 2016, around one in three asylum seekers in the EU was a child. Many go missing and risk falling into the hands of human traffickers. Ahead of UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) calls for stronger child protection safeguards to help end the exploitation of children.
Children from nine EU Member States expressed concern about the challenge of protecting human rights across the EU today. They joined experts in making practical suggestions on how to tackle this issue, particularly when it comes to migration and poverty, during a high-level symposium in Brussels on 28 June that questioned whether Europe is doing enough to protect fundamental rights.
The Agency spoke about the challenges of guardianships systems for unaccompanied children in EU Member States and the added value of establishing a European guardianship network during a preparatory meeting on 16 June.