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Fundamental Rights Agency

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is an independent body of the European Union (EU), established through Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 of 15 February 2007. It is based in Vienna and is being built on the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). It cooperates with national and international bodies and organisations, in particular with the Council of Europe. It also works closely with civil society organisations.

The objective of the Agency is to provide the relevant institutions and authorities of the Community and its Member States when implementing Community law with assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights in order to support them when they take measures or formulate courses of action within their respective spheres of competence to fully respect fundamental rights.

The Fundamental Rights Agency, like its predecessor EUMC, coordinates a European Racism and Xenophobia Information Network (RAXEN). RAXEN is one of the central tools for the FRA and is comprised of National Focal Points in each EU Member State.

Since 2006 the FRA National Focal Point for Bulgaria is operated by the Center for the Study of Democracy through its wholly owned subsidiary Project One.


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The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights statement on the occasion of the International Roma Day 2010
Roma reported the highest overall levels of discrimination across all areas surveyed in the Fundamental Rights Agency's EU-MIDIS survey. To improve the situation, Roma and Traveller communities must be involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies targeting them, stresses the Fundamental Rights Agency in a statement ahead of International Roma Day on April 8. more »
Joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Racism and xenophobia continue to affect the day to day lives of a significant number of people within the European Union warned the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights today in a joint statement with the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). more »
Holocaust Lessons Still Relevant in the 21st Century
At a Ministerial Conference in Auschwitz on the 2010 International Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released the findings of the first ever EU-wide study on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. more »
EU Agency for Fundamental Rights: The Situation of Roma EU Citizens Moving to and Settling in Other EU Member States
On 9 November 2009 The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented its report on ‘The Situation of Roma EU Citizens Moving to and Settling in Other EU Member States’. The report shows that many Roma EU citizens settling in another Member State in search of better conditions continue to experience racism, discrimination and exclusion. more »


Center for the Study of Democracy 
5 Alexander Zhendov str. 
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Dimitar Markov
Project Coordinator
Tel: (+359 2) 971 3000/ext. 342

Maria Doichinova
Project Associate
Tel: (+359 2) 971 3000/ext. 351