The European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) conducts high-level research on access to justice, fundamental rights and participation and its experts provide assistance and advice to European bodies and Member States. In the past FRA has brought together 42,000 women in the largest survey ever conducted on gender-based violence against women in any EU Member State, and it has worked on the situation of discrimination against the Roma and anti-Semitism. Francesco Palermo, director of the Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, was recently appointed to the Agency's Scientific Committee for a five-year term.
Palermo’s appointment is linked to his academic and field experience in the protection of fundamental rights, especially those of minorities. After working for the OSCE and the Council of Europe and leading the Consultative Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Palermo will now work with ten other independent experts to ensure the scientific quality of FRA’s activities.
The FRA provides assistance and expertise on fundamental rights to institutions and EU Member States and helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of persons residing in the EU are protected. Among its tasks, the Agency also has to produce clear, accessible guidelines on EU legislation and jurisprudence in various topics, including asylum, borders and immigration, data protection and non-discrimination.
"The Agency also deals with comparative legal research pertaining to fundamental rights issues, and Institute of Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research has this vocation in its very name, says Palermo. “I am convinced that in the future there can be fruitful scientific exchanges between the two institutions."
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