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Fundamental Rights Agency

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is a body of the European Union (EU) that was established in February 2007.
It is based in Vienna and is being built on the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). The FRA is an independent body that cooperates with other national and international bodies and organisations, in particular with the Council of Europe.

The objective of the Agency is to provide assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights to institutions and authorities of the Community when they implement Community law (Article 2 of the Regulation).
The fundamental rights referred to in Article 6(2) TEU, as reflected in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the ECHR, are the point of reference for the mandate of the Agency. The thematic areas of activity are laid down in a Multi-annual Framework that was adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2008. The thematic areas are: (1) the fight against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, (2) discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation and against persons belonging to minorities and any combination of these grounds (multiple discrimination), (3) compensation of victims, (4) the rights of the child, including protection, (5) asylum, immigration and integration of migrants, (6) visa and border control, (7) Participation of the citizens of the Union in the Union’s democratic functioning, (8) Information society and, in particular, respect for private life and protection of personal data, and (9) access to efficient and independent justice.

The Agency comprises the Management Board (one independent person with knowledge in fundamental rights and management experience from each Member State, one independent person appointed by the Council of Europe and two Commission representatives), the Executive Board (preparing the decisions of the Management Board), the Scientific Committee (consisting of eleven highly-qualified independent persons to guarantee scientific quality of the work); and the Director (executing the Agency’s tasks and appointing its staff).

The Agency cooperates with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in various areas, to find out more about this cooperation, please select one of the areas in the left menu.

3rd meeting of experts and stakeholders on European Union Fundamental Rights Information System (EFRIS)

From 22 to 23 March 2018, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will host its third expert meeting on developing an online tool on EU Member States’ compliance with international human rights law and fundamental rights. Moritz Birk (BIM) will attend to the panel.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 Vienna, Austria

FRA Roundtable 2016: The civil society joins in.

New perspectives, challenges and opportunities in the Human Rights work frame

On the occasion of this year's Fundamental Rights Forum, but also in the light of the progress of Vienna as a Human Rights City and the commitment of private individuals to the care and support for refugees, the round table is dedicated to cooperation with civil society.

House of the European Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien


Over 150 people joined Manfred Nowak, the Austrian member of the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to welcome Michael O’Flaherty the new director of the agency to Vienna. At the event Michael O’Flaherty introduced not only himself but also his plans and priorities for the agency for the years to come.

The event was held in cooperation with the Irish Embassy, the Hous of the EU and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).


Als österreichisches Mitglied des Verwaltungsrats der EU Agentur für Grundrechte (FRA) lädt Manfred Nowak in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Haus der Europäischen Union herzlich zum diesjährigen FRA-Roundtable ein. Der Runde Tisch widmet sich, anlässlich der EU-weiten LGBT-Umfrage der FRA, die Erfahrungen von mehr als 93.000 LGBT- Personen aus der gesamten Europäischen Union zusammenführt, 2013 dem  Thema "Die Situation von LGBT-Personen in Europa". 

FRA Roundtable: 5 Years of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – An Overview and Perspectives

After five years as the Austrian member of the Management Board and Vice President of the Executive Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Hannes Tretter's term at the FRA will come to an end in June 2012.

Federal Chancellery (Kassensaal, Hohenstaufengasse 3, 1010-Vienna)