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“The response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine show how the European Union is forged when confronted with crises,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “EU action and funding can, and is, making a significant difference, particularly when linked to relevant legal obligations and political commitments to safeguard people’s social rights. Only effective monitoring of the use of funds will support governments in ensuring a rights-compliant recovery from the pandemic. It will also support them in adjusting funded measures to address sufficiently people’s social vulnerabilities, particularly of those most affected – children and young people.”
FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2022 reflects on the developments and shortfalls of human rights protection in the EU over the past year. Its focus chapter reviews the pandemic’s impact on people’s social rights, such as education, employment and healthcare. It looks at the experiences of children, young people, older people, people with disabilities, and other people in vulnerable situations. It also looks at how EU countries plan to use the € 724 billion of EU funding earmarked for recovery from the pandemic to foster social rights.
Moving forward, governments should involve national human rights or equality bodies in monitoring that EU-funded recovery measures follow fundamental rights. These should particularly seek to:
Other key fundamental rights issues in 2021 include:
The report summarises and analyses major human rights developments in the EU in 2021. It contains proposals for action, covering the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its use by Member States; equality and non-discrimination; racism and related intolerance; Roma inclusion and equality; asylum, borders and migration; information society, privacy and data protection; child rights; access to justice; and implementing the CRPD.
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