The Fundamental Rights Agency (Fra) has published its Annual activity report 2016.
“This Consolidated Annual Activity Report (CAAR) provides an overview of the activities and achievements of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2016”.
A part of the key conclusions of the reports are indicated below.
In 2016, FRA strongly focused on fundamental rights challenges arising due to the significant increase in refugees and migrants coming to the EU. In response, FRA rearranged its priorities and stepped up its activities in the area of “Immigration and integration of migrants, visa and border control and asylum”. In 2016, FRA continued to provide monthly overviews of migration- related fundamental rights concerns in the EU Member States most affected by the increased number of people seeking international protection and asylum, focusing on particularly vulnerable groups such as children and families. Other research sectors also put a greater focus on issues related to migration, for example rights of migrant children or safeguarding fundamental rights in the context of security and migration.
In line with its mandate and its objective to provide assistance as well as to formulate evidence-based advice in the form of opinions to the EU institutions and Member States, FRA offered its expertise at 484 presentations and hearings at EU and Member State levels, as well as at events that other international organisations organised during the year. The agency itself organised 124 events, bringing together its key partners and stakeholders to discuss fundamental rights issues in various thematic areas.
FRA maintained its efforts to present its findings in an accessible and user-friendly manner. It consistently provided information on fundamental rights challenges and promoted fundamental rights safeguards throughout the year. To reach a wider audience, the agency increased its use of different social media platforms. For publications, FRA was the highest-ranking EU agency in terms of EU Bookshop orders in 2016. In total, FRA published its research findings in 306 publications, including reports, papers, handbooks, online publications, fact sheets etc., which its stakeholders received well and used widely. Overall, the agency disseminated some 73,419 print publications to interested stakeholders in 2016.