The Stockholm Programme (396Kb PDF) is the European Union's multi-annual strategic work programme in the areas of freedom, security and justice. It sets out the priorities for EU action in areas that are of obvious relevance to fundamental rights, such as security, asylum, judicial cooperation, citizenship and migration. The programme also includes legislative proposals for the period 2010-2014.
In the Stockholm Programme, the Council of the European Union call on the EU institutions to ‘make full use of the expertise of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and to consult, where appropriate, with the Agency, in line with its mandate, on the development of policies and legislation with implications for fundamental rights, and to use it for the communication to citizens of human rights issues affecting them in their everyday life'.
The programme was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 30 November 2009 and endorsed by the European Council at its meeting on 10-11 December 2009. Ten years have passed since the EU set itself the target of creating an area of freedom, justice and security. The Stockholm Programme builds on the progress made during the implementation of the Tampere Programme (2000-2004) and the Hague Programme (2005-2010). The Action Plan (170Kb PDF) proposed by the European Commission implements the Stockholm Programme by foreseeing a great number of measures to be taken at EU level in the years to come. Many of these measures have an obvious fundamental rights dimension.
In July 2009, the FRA commented on the first draft of the Stockholm Programme in an opinion entitled The Stockholm Programme: A chance to put fundamental rights protection right in the centre of the European Agenda (184Kb PDF).
The FRA Opinion paper presents a selection primarily based on the current thematic priorities of the Agency and are inspired by the factual evidence the Agency's own research has so far produced. This contribution is therefore just a first step in a long term approach of the Agency to follow and address the issues in the Stockholm Programme.