This year’s FRA annual Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting focused on “Future fundamental rights priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice – The contribution of civil society”. The event brought together around 200 civil society organisations, to discuss what and how civil society could contribute to making fundamental rights a reality for everyone. Throughout the meeting, FRA invited everyone to participate, so that every voice could contribute to the meeting outcomes.
Participants had decided via an online survey prior to the meeting which topics they thought should be discussed in working groups. Those discussions saw a vibrant exchange on what the main challenges are, what works already, what we can learn from the success factors that make good practices work, and what would be important next steps to take and by whom.
As in past years, civil society organisations were also invited to host their own sessions in “The floor is yours”. 21 sessions covered a broad variety of topics, which will also feed into the final meeting report. All meeting outcomes will be compiled into a final report, which will be handed over to the Council of the EU in early May.
During the meeting, a new FRP Advisory Panel was also elected, to help steer the FRP in the next two years. There was also an open day at FRA in the morning of 10 April, where registered event participants were able to discuss with FRA experts issues of mutual interest.
A new Advisory Panel was elected, to support FRA for the coming two years. Three more members will be appointed by the FRA Director to ensure the Advisory Panel is gender balanced and reflects a diverse selection of civil society organisations and nationalities.
ENIL proudly announces that Tove Brandvik a member of ULOBA and ENIL has been elected to the European Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) 4th Advisory Panel. This position is consultative with the panel advising the director of the FRA. Another responsibility is acting as a bridge between the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) – the FRA’s civil society body. Tove expresses her humility in having been elected and is looking forward to serve. She has a vision to make fundamental rights more operative for the EU individual citizen and to make awareness of fundamental rights more accessible for NGOs and individual citizens.
Jamie Bolling has been a FRP Advisory Panel member since 2010. Having served two terms she was not allowed to rerun. This is with sadness, envy and great content she exclaims. The sadness is from having found the work exciting and not being able to continue within the panel. The envy comes as the FRA director – Morten Kjaerrum announced exciting plans to develop the FRP annual meeting into a Fundamental Rights Forum bringing together all levels of government and the Civil Society. The great content is having another ENIL member carrying on the work. Tove will be a great asset to the panel and will further promote disability as a fundamental right within the EU community.
To read the full report of the meeting please click here.