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The FRA Director was invited to the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council to exchange views on fundamental rights to mark the adoption of the Council’s Conclusions on the application of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter.
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Romanian State Secretary and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, George Ciamba, visited the FRA director on 13 October to talk about possible cooperation during its upcoming EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2019.
On 11 October, the Agency presented the main findings of its report on immigration detention of children during a meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly.
On World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the Agency contributed to a Mental Health Europe’s conference at the European Parliament on mental health and migration.
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The Agency took part in the European Commission’s workshop on technical studies for interoperability on 6 October in Brussels.
Frontex held a workshop in Warsaw from 5 to 6 October focusing on its children at sea borders handbook.
The Agency facilitated an exchange of experiences between Belgian and Italian authorities in Brussels on 5 October regarding establishing guardianship.
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On 26-27 September, FRA took part in a peer learning activity in Bratislava on identifying the challenges and ways of preventing discrimination and segregation in education
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Many people with disabilities in the EU still live in institutions. They risk being isolated, marginalised and prevented from living a full, independent life, and face worse conditions than people without disabilities. This calls for systematic changes in the way support for people with disabilities is organised and funded, new reports from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveal. They suggest what people with disabilities need from the EU and its Member States to enjoy living independently with community-based support, simply taking public transport or shopping.
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The FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will address European Justice Ministers during the EU’s Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on 12 October.
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The Agency will launch three reports on the right to independent living of people with disabilities at the ‘Dignity + Independent living = DI (deinstitutionalisation)’ conference in Tallinn on 12-13 October.
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FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty engaged in lively debate with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on how to strengthen fundamental rights when presenting the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Report 2017 to the European Parliament on 11 October in Brussels. He underlined how despite a stronger rights protection framework in the EU, the reality on the ground is often different and warrants particular attention.
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The Agency is publishing a meeting report capturing the essence of the conversations, views, ideas and proposals from artists, human rights and fine arts academics, museum staff, curators and civil society organisations working on artistic freedom. This report is a comprehensive reflection of the many discussions held during the meeting at FRA from 29 to 30 May in Vienna. It also contains a series of recommendations to participants, institutions and beyond.
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The Agency’s Director will present the Agency Fundamental Rights Report 2017 to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 11 October in Brussels.
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The Agency is hosting an expert and stakeholder meeting to advance the development of an online tool that will bring together human rights data and information from the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the EU.
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The Agency’s Director Michael O’Flaherty will take part in a panel debate at the European Network of Equality Bodies, Equinet’s 10th anniversary conference ‘Together for an Equal Europe’.
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The Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency met with various high level officials in Hungary from 5 to 6 October.
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The Agency is pleased to welcome two representatives from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as observers to FRA’s Management Board.
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The FRA Director, Michael O’Flaherty, will deliver a keynote address to a European Parliament debate on the impact of Brexit on equality and anti-discrimination in the EU and UK.
The Agency joined discussions on 28 September on revising standard operating procedures for migration hotspots, organised by the Italian Ministry of Interior. FRA’s comments and suggestions addressed, in particular, people with vulnerability and unaccompanied children.