FRA was invited to attend the Council of Europe’s conference ‘Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights: the paradox of democracies - Proposals for an inclusive society’ which took place on 21-22 February in Strasbourg.
The FRA presented on 29 November its two recent reports on hate crime and on minorities as victims of crime. This presentation was given as part of the fundamental rights exhibition at the European Parliament and was followed by a panel debate organised in partnership with the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).
FRA took part in a consultation meeting on "Understanding the underserved populations to achieve better immunisation" in Dublin, hosted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Many Roma continue to face discrimination and social exclusion across the EU, according to a new report published jointly by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 23 May 2012.
As part of the FRA's work in the overall EU framework for Roma integration, the agency presented its multi-annual Roma Programme and the general results that can be expected through its Roma Pilot Survey in Bratislava on 3-4 May to an EU Roma meeting.
Effective national monitoring structures and quantifiable targets were identified as vital to help promote Roma inclusion in Europe, at the Extraordinary European Platform for Roma Inclusion, in Brussels on 22 March 2012.
On 10 November, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum, gave a speech at the Europe 2011 debate in Berlin. During the debate, ‘What Do You Mean by Gypsy? - How Europe is Treating its Largest Minority', Mr Kjaerum talked about the human rights situation of Sinti and Roma in Europe, as drawn from the data and evidence collected by the FRA.