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On 5 December, during its fourth meeting, the EU High Level Group on combating racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance endorsed the key guiding principles on hate crime recording drawn up by the Subgroup on methodologies for recording and collecting data on hate crime facilitated by FRA.
FRA participated as an observer in the final meeting of the second phase of the European Coast Guard Functions Academy Network project (ECGFA NET II) in Helsinki on 28-29 November, with the aim of contributing to the project with regard to fundamental rights.
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The Agency and its IT development contractor met experts from various Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms in Strasbourg on 30 November to explore how best to design FRA’s planned European Fundamental Rights Information System (EFRIS).
During the FRA Director’s visit to Poland, national authorities hosted a seminar on child poverty on 30 November.
Day in, day out we see efforts to chip away at the bedrock of human rights on which Europe is founded. Human Rights Day on 10 December is a time to reaffirm our commitment to human rights and stand up for equality, justice and human dignity for ourselves and others.
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The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations will host the conference ‘Discrimination, how do we tackle it?’ in Utrecht on 8 December.
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The Agency will host a meeting in Brussels on 7 December with funders and foundations.
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On 6 December 2017 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will host the conference 'Reality bites: Experiences of immigrants and minorities in the EU'. During the event, new findings from FRA’s second European Union Minorities and Discrimination Survey will be revealed.
Persisting widespread discrimination, intolerance and hatred across the EU threatens to marginalise and alienate many minority group members who otherwise feel largely attached to the country they live in and trust its institutions. These findings emerge from a major repeat survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
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The Agency will take part in an event from 5 to 6 December, in Cairo, where findings from FRA’s large scale survey on migrants and minorities will be presented.
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FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty will be one of the keynote speakers opening the EU NGO Forum in Brussels from 5 to 6 December.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launches its second EU Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II).
Citizenship is a great enabler, bringing with it many rights. But when trying to enjoy their rights many people with disabilities face constant barriers. As this year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on citizenship, FRA calls for greater efforts to build a fairer and more inclusive Europe so people with disabilities can live as fully-fledged citizens.
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FRA’s Scientific Committee will hold its 39th meeting on 4 December at the Agency. At this meeting, the FRA Director will update the Scientific Committee on recent developments.
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FRA will join around 500 participants gathering in Berlin on 4-5 December for the 2017 German Inclusion Days.
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Freedom of expression is a vital human right in any well-functioning democracy enabling many other rights, said FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty during his speech to the human rights committee of the Polish national council of attorneys at law in Warsaw on 1 December. He spoke of some of the challenges of upholding this right, at a time when support for promoting and protecting human rights appears to be weakening in some parts of Europe.
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Freedom of expression enables many other fundamental rights but there exists challenges to upholding this right. At a time when support for promoting and protecting of human rights appears to be weakening in some parts of Europe, FRA's Director delivered a speech at a conference on 'Freedom of Expression in the Contemporary World' hosted by the Polish Council of Attorneys at Law in Warsaw on 1 December. ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY **
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The FRA Director outlined the Agency’s role and current work in providing practical, hands on fundamental rights expertise and support to EU institutions and Member States during the annual heads of Justice and Home Affairs agencies meeting in Lisbon on 28 November.
On 27 November, the Agency highlighted the potential fundamental rights impact of return procedures during the Greek Ombudsman’s conference on the return of third country nationals and the rule of law.
As part of its support to Italy and Greece, the Agency helped train volunteer guardians on 24 November, in Cagliari, Italy.