European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: InFRA 20-27 March

1.   WHAT’S NEW

a)    Taking the ‘crisis’ out of migration: integration in the EU

b)    Conference explores societal security

c)    Help improve the InFRA weekly newsletter

d)    Measuring the right to independent living

2.   FEEDBACK FROM RECENT ACTIVITIES

a)    Access to justice handbook shared during Spanish law seminar

b)    Judicial capacity building workshop on conflicting norms

c)    Experts discuss UN’s study on children deprived of liberty

 

Please find below the latest information.

1.   WHAT’S NEW

a.    Taking the ‘crisis’ out of migration: integration in the EU

Risk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new Agency report FRA shows. It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.

b.    Conference explores societal security

Global threats ranging from terrorism to climate change pose societal challenges that directly affect local communities. To explore the complex interplay between threats to European security, the measures put in place to address them, and changes in how society respond, SOURCE, the societal security network, is convening a conference in Vienna from 21 to 22 March entitled Global Threats, Local Actors. During the event, the Agency will deliver a keynote speech, drawing on findings from its research on surveillance by intelligences services and fundamental rights. It will also give a presentation during a breakout session on harmonising security with human rights, and take part in a lunchtime policy meeting on biometrics and borders drawing on its research in this area. (Contact:Mario Oetheimer / Ann-Charlotte Nygård / Vida Beresneviciute )

c.    Help improve the InFRA weekly newsletter

The Agency calls on readers of its weekly inFRA newsletter to complete a short anonymous user survey. The responses will help the Agency refine the newsletter to further meet the needs of its audience. The survey is available online. (Contact:Tara Morris)

d.    Measuring the right to independent living

The Agency is organising a public event on how to measure implementation of people with disabilities’ right to live independently. The right is enshrined in the UN’s disability convention that has been ratified by the EU and 27 of its Member States. The event will take place on 22 March in Geneva, during the 17th session of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During the event, the Agency will present preliminary results from its work on human rights indicators covering the right to live independently and be included in the community. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Disability Forum will also discuss different ways to measure rights implementation on the ground. (Contact: Martha Stickings).

2. FEEDBACK FROM RECENT ACTIVITIES

 a.  Access to justice handbook shared during Spanish law seminar

The Agency shared copies of the Spanish version of the handbook on European law relating to access to justice during a seminar on European Law relating to access to justice and its impact on Spanish law. Participants welcomed the the simplicity and accessibility of the information in the handbook as well as having a version in Spanish. The event in Madrid on 8 March had been organised by the University International of la Rioja. Speakers focused on how the European legislature and case-law has been shaping the national law, emphasising key jurisprudence affecting Spanish reality. (Contact: Matylda Pogorzelska).

b.    Judicial capacity building workshop on conflicting norms

The Agency presented the handbook on European law relating to access to justice and its fundamental rights one-stop-shop, Charterpedia, to judges attending a capacity building workshop in Rome from 2 to 3 March. The workshop was aimed at judges from all EU Member States. It focused on finding solutions to conflicts between national and European law in the application of fundamental rights and freedoms. It was organised in partnership with the Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN). (Contact: Vasco Malta).

c.    Experts discuss UN’s study on children deprived of liberty

The UN’s independent expert leading the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Professor Manfred Nowak, convened an expert meeting to discuss the study which was commissioned by the UN Secretary General. The meeting took place from 13 to 14 March in Venice. Experts, including FRA, discussed the methodology, data and information gathering for the study. Issues discussed included children in conflict with the law, those deprived of liberty for migration-related reasons, in institutions, because of armed conflict or on national security grounds, as well as those in detention with their parents. (Contact: Maria Amor Martín Estébanez)

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