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Ten years after its creation, the Agency has matured into a unique, independent and trusted centre of excellence on fundamental rights, according to the findings of FRA’s second independent external evaluation. This enables it to offer practical hands-on support drawn from its set of robust evidence-based advice.
The Agency will train some 40 staff members from 25 NHRIs from the EU and beyond on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights at its premises in Vienna on 6-7 February.
Pressing migration concerns persist despite a drop in asylum seekers in parts of the EU. This is according to the Agency’s latest report on migration-related fundamental rights issues. While reviewing the situation over the past two years, it points to difficulties in border crossings and gaining asylum, inadequate reception conditions, protection gaps for unaccompanied children and immigration detention concerns.
A high-level expert meeting on victims’ rights focused on the rights of victims of terrorist attacks, compensation for victims and strengthening rights of victims of gender-based violence.
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The Agency presented the main results of its second EU minorities and discrimination survey (EU-MIDIS II) at the fourth Committee of Senior of Officials meeting held under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
On 2 February in Sofia, the Agency will present to Bulgarian stakeholders the findings of its recent reports on deinstitutionalisation for people with disabilities.
On 2 February, the Director of FRA, Michael O’Flaherty will welcome the OSCE Secretary General, Thomas Greminger to the Agency.
The Agency’s Director, together with the Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department, took part in the Informal Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council Meeting in Sofia from 25 to 26 January, which was held under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Agency hosted a panel discussion at the annual Computers, Privacy & Data Protection conference in Brussels on 26 January.
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An Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on the European Agenda on Migration took place on 24 January in Brussels that discussed legal avenues and integration issues.
On 30 January, the Agency took part in a European Commission expert workshop on the implementation of the child sexual abuse directive with regards to children with disabilities.
On 26 January, the Agency attended a meeting of the sub-group on unaccompanied children in migration hotspots and the standard operating procedures steering group that was organised by the Italian Ministry of Interior.
On 29 January, the Agency attended the evaluation and planning meeting of the Frontex’s Indalo Operation, the sea operation Frontex is undertaking in southern Spain.
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As an international partner organisation in the EEA and Norway Grants Roma inclusion and empowerment programme in Greece, the Agency took part in stakeholder consultation and programme strategy meetings.
The Agency emphasised the need to integrate young refugees and migrants into society during a panel debate at the 5th Act.Now International Mayors’ Conference in Vienna.
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On 25 January, the Agency facilitated the first informal meeting of the subgroup on improving the availability and collection of equality data, set up under the EU High Level Group on Non-Discrimination, Equality and Diversity.
The Agency will speak at a conference organised by EuroHealthNet and ILGA-Europe focusing on the results of the Health4LGBTI pilot project.
On 31 January, the FRA Director will visit the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen. The visit is an opportunity to discuss cooperation on a number of areas of mutual interest.
The digital revolution is well under way which we increasingly see in our daily lives. New technology is altering the ways our personal data are being gathered and processed. European Data Protection Day on 28 January is therefore an opportunity to remind us of the growing need for robust personal data safeguards in these times of fast-moving digital change.
Participants from all Member State will discuss practical and legal implementation of the Victims’ Rights directive at a high-level expert meeting in Brussels on 29 January.