The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) provides independent, evidence-based advice to EU and national decision makers, thereby helping to make debates, policies and legislation on fundamental rights better informed and targeted.
It advises EU institutions and national governments on fundamental rights, particularly in the areas of:
The Agency aims to help promote and protect fundamental rights more effectively across the EU. To do this, it consults and cooperates with its partners on:
FRA has 5 departments; 2 are responsible for our robust evidence-based advice, while one actively engages with stakeholders. The Agency is headed by a Director, guided by:
The Agency’s work is guided by a strategic plan setting out what it aims to achieve. This frames FRA’s work, along with the 5-year framework, drawn up after wide-ranging consultations with the Board and EU bodies. A detailed annual work programme is also drawn up.
FRA works closely with its partners at EU, national and local level to ensure that its activities are relevant to current fundamental rights issues and future trends.
The Agency consults a wide range of stakeholders to make sure its projects match specific gaps and needs. To pool knowledge and resources, FRA also coordinates its research and shares its expertise with numerous organisations, including EU agencies.
FRA maintains ongoing cooperation with EU institutions and governments, providing them with independent expert advice and fundamental rights analysis. It has set up networks and established links with partners at all levels, so that its advice and research can reach decision makers in national governments and the EU.
FRA maintains particularly close working relations with: