Last year was not a good year for fundamental rights, asserted Michael O’Flaherty, FRA’s Director, when presenting the key findings of the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report 2016 in Paris at the Sciences Po University on 19 September. He spoke of the erosion of rights evidenced in the report and outlined possible ways forward.
Young people are key drivers of social change. They will help to change our world and to create more tolerant, socially-minded and equitable societies. However, they still encounter substantial economic, social, and political barriers to participation and inclusion.
On 5-6 July, FRA attended a two day workshop in Athens on how to strengthen guardianship systems in Greece. Organised in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity and Ministry of Justice, FRA drew on its Guardianship systems for children deprived of parental care in the European Union to provide insight into the key features required within a guardianship system, with a particular focus on unaccompanied children.
FRA took part in Eurochild’s annual conference “Children’s Rights Matter: Why Europe needs to invest in children?”. The event in Brussels on 7 July took stock of developments since the Commission Recommendation on Investing in Children.
On 28 June in Paris, FRA took part in the conference ‘Children, Europe, Emergency’ organised by the French ‘Défenseur des Droits´ in cooperation with the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children and the Council of Europe.
The Fundamental Rights Forum 2016 is fast approaching with only 10 days left until the event begins on 20 June in Vienna. Over the course of four days, participants will look from different perspectives at three burning issues: refugee protection, inclusion and the digital age.