EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. FRA is to provide the EU and the Member States with expertise on fundamental rights.
FRA is to provide all relevant institutions and authorities of the Community and its Member States with assistance and expertise on fundamental rights when implementing EU legislation. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are common values shared by all EU Member States. Under Article 6 of the EU Treaty, the EU must recognise the rights, freedoms and principles laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and guaranteed in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. FRA:s tasks include collecting information and data, advising the EU and its Member States, and raising awareness of fundamental rights among the general public. FRA also publish thematic reports and can when EU institutions ask them, give their opinion in a specific question.