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The Role of FIACAT within European Networks of Civil Society Human Rights Organisations

The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) works at national, European and international level with institutional partners as well as members of civil society such as FIACAT, in order to produce as much data as possible and objective analysis to EU bodies. For its part, the EU organises regular consultations with networks of NGOs, such as the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) which includes FIACAT. These consultations are held at regular intervals throughout the year.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

The FRA is an independent agency of the EU, (instituted on 1st March 2007 and based in Vienna, Austria) which offers assistance and expertise in fundamental rights issues to the institutions and member States of the European Union, once they have implemented European law. The Agency’s principal task is to collect and disseminate objective, reliable and verifiable data on the fundamental rights situation in all countries of the EU which have implemented European law, and to raise awareness of fundamental rights among citizens of the Union.

Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)

HRDN is an informal grouping of NGOs working at EU level in the fields of human rights, democracy and peace. HRDN works to place human and democratic rights at the heart of EU internal and external policy agenda. It is hoped that this vision will become reality in an EU providing effective protection of human rights within its borders, and working as a force for positive change in the world. With this objective in mind, the network seeks to influence policies and laws in EU member States as well as the running of their funding instruments to promote democracy, human rights and peace.

Intervention by FIACAT and ACAT Groups

The FRA, whose work is based on research studies and analysis, is constantly searching out new data. As a civil society collective, HRDN is regularly approached during public consultations and debates in European institutions.

On such occasions, ACAT groups are able to submit reports or documents via FIACAT, presenting the human rights situation in their countries. This information can also help determine the annual work programme of the European Union. Through these contributions, ACAT groups have the opportunity to influence human rights policy at EU level.

To go further:
- EU fundamental rights Agency
- Human rights and democracy network

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