Inauguration and opening of EU Fundamental Rights Agency

Received by mail by Human Rights Education Associates HREA.

Strasbourg, 01.03.2007 – Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis is in Vienna today to inaugurate the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency.

Inauguration: The mandate of the agency, which is clearly limited to the EU’s distinct legal order, respects the preeminent role of the Council of Europe and its European Court of Human Rights in defending human rights in Europe. The regulations of the Agency recognise the work done by the Council of Europe, and there are detailed provisions which are intended to promote synergy and ensure complementarity.

The Council of Europe has been invited to participate in the administration of the new agency. Negotiations on a cooperation agreement between the two organisations have already begun and should be completed before the summer.

Ursula Plassnik, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, and Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Justice of Germany, will be among those taking part in the ceremony at the Palais Niederösterreich. (A Council of Europe Press release).

English Homepage;
European Commission;
What’s new pages;
Fundamental rights;
Privacy (data protection);
Model contracts;

… and many other pages.

Opening of the Agency: By proposing the establishment of the Fundamental Rights Agency the Commission is implementing the first priority of the recently endorsed Action Plan “The Hague Programme: Ten priorities for the next five years – The Partnership for European renewal in the field of Freedom, Security and Justice”. (full text).

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