Annual Report 2010

10/06/2010 - June 2010Cover of the Annual Report 2010

The report covers information, events and developments in the EU for the year 2009, after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. The report relies on data collected from the ground to describe the situation of fundamental rights in all 27 Member States. Main areas studied include discrimination, racist violence and crime, ethnic discrimination in areas of everyday life, immigration and detention, and personal data protection. The report includes an overview of developments in a range of other fundamental rights areas, in line with the Agency's mandate.

Key findings

Fundamental rights under the Treaty of Lisbon

The entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon at the end of 2009 has significantly strengthened the protection of fundamental rights in the EU. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU must now be respected by the European Union, as well as by EU Member States when implementing EU law. Against this backdrop, the Agency's Annual Report 2010 presents some of the most significant events and developments relevant to fundamental rights during 2009.

Human rights protection bodies need more support

Many equality bodies, national human rights institutions and data protection authorities lack resources, are not independent enough, and often have very weak mandates.

The example of data protection authorities:

Data protection is an issue of concern across the European Union. However, the data protection authorities in many Member States are not sufficiently equipped to contribute effectively to the enforcement of data protection legislation. Some data protection authorities have limited powers. In Austria, Hungary and Poland the data protection authorities cannot enforce their decisions, meaning they cannot compel the data processor/controller to end his or her unlawful conduct.

Some data protection authorities are too closely linked to or controlled by the government, which might make it difficult for them to oppose or criticise the government. In Ireland, the government can directly remove the data protection commissioners from office. Data protection authorities also lack financial and human resources in Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Slovakia.

More key findings can be found in the media memo.

Additional information
  • Printed version of the Annual Report will be available soon in English and French.
  • The FRA publishes also its Activity report  presenting the Agency's key activities during the year 2009. Read more
  • media release

  • Annual Report 2010 - Conference edition  EnglishDeutschfrançais  application/pdf (PDF File 1739 KB)
  • Presentation of FRA Annual Report - Speech by Morten Kjaerum (a French version will be available shortly)  English  application/pdf (PDF File 87 KB)
  • Presentation of FRA Annual Report - Speech by Ilze Brands Kehris (a French version will be available shortly)  English  application/pdf (PDF File 81 KB)