FRA will hold a webinar with its civil society network, the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), to present and discuss the findings and related opinions from its new report on ‘Protecting civic space in the EU’.
FRA’s Management Board elected Rick Lawson as its new Vice-Chair on 24 September. He will take office on 11 October.
FRA will present its Fundamental Rights Forum to the Council of the EU on 27 September.
Michael O’Flaherty
FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty addresses gradautes on 26 September 2021 in Venice during their Graduation Ceremony of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation.

FRA helped train eu-LISA staff on the fundamental rights implications of large-scale EU IT-systems.
Staff from intergovernmental organisations and EU institutions responsible for cooperation with civil society and for supporting human rights defenders met online on 23 September.
FRA’s Director was in France to discuss topical human rights issues and to explore continued cooperation, in particular during the upcoming French Presidency of the EU.
Allegations for the treatment of migrants at EU borders and difficult conditions in detention and reception centres remain a persistent concern, finds the latest migration bulletin from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
FRA hosted three stakeholder meetings from 22 to 23 September in relation to fair policing.
FRA took part in a virtual webinar as part of the European Network on Independent Living’s ‘Freedom Surf’.
On 16 September, FRA took part in a virtual hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on deinstitutionalisation.
FRA attended the Management Board meeting of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) on 21 September.
Les organisations de la société civile de l’UE fournissent des services, s’engagent en faveur de communautés, mènent des actions de sensibilisation, défendent les intérêts d’autrui et invitent les autorités à rendre compte de leurs actions. Mais elles sont confrontées à des menaces, sont victimes d’attaques, subissent des réductions de financement et font l’objet de restrictions disproportionnées. Comme le souligne un nouveau rapport de l’Agence des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne (FRA), il ne s’agit là que de quelques-unes des difficultés auxquelles les organisations de la société civile de défense des droits de l’homme sont confrontées dans certaines parties de l’UE, alors que la pandémie de coronavirus a aggravé leurs conditions de travail. La FRA invite les décideurs politiques à promouvoir un environnement de travail plus favorable à la société civile afin de contribuer à faire respecter, pour tout individu, l’ensemble des droits de l’homme.
On the occasion of the launch of FRA’s report ‘Protecting civic space in the EU’ this clip sheds light on the challenges civil society faces across the European Union.
FRA Director will visit the Council of Europe on 21-22 September in Strasbourg.
The annual meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion takes place on 20 September.
FRA’s Scientific Committee will discuss the Agency’s reports on 17 September.
On 17 September, FRA will speak during an expert meeting on fundamental rights in security-related legislation.
FRA held a webinar on 16 September with over 50 civil society organisations from its Fundamental Rights Platform.
FRA spoke at an anniversary event of La Strada International about civic space challenges in the EU for human rights civil society organisations.