On May 8 Social Platform's working group on Fundamental Rights and Anti-Discrimination (FRAND) are meeting from 9.30-16.30. Members are invited to register on this doodle link by April 26
. If you need interpretation English/French please inform Ariella
(for members coming from abroad please follow the practical guidelines for arranging your travel
). The can find the full agenda in the members section on our website
Some highlights of the issues to be discussed include:
- Preparing for a Social Platform message on investing in equality to the EPSCO Council in December: we will discuss recommendations and provide examples on equality and non-discrimination to make the case that equality is not only an aim in itself but it is also a way to achieve sustainable, economic and inclusive growth and that it therefore needs to be addressed by the Europe 2020 Strategy and its headline targets on employment, social inclusion and education.
Towards a Social Platform position on the fight against violence: based on internal discussions from a training session, an online survey to map memberâ€™s activities and interests, and individual consultations with members a draft position paper will be sent to members by the end of April and discussed at the meeting for further inputs.
- EU's report on the situation of Fundamental Rights 2011: we are inviting representatives from the Parliament and the Commission to present their annual reports on fundamental rights in the EU. One of our main concerns is the visibility and aknowledgement of social rights as a pre-condition to access fundamental rights (e.g. socio-economic status, poverty). The report from the Commission is planned to be presented in mid April and the Parliament's report shortly after to the LIBE Committee (dates not confirmed yet).