Dec 31

FRANET – Romania and EU and international comparative analysis

FRANET is the multidisciplinary research network of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. It is composed of teams of legal and social experts in each EU Member State and one team of experts for research and analysis at the EU and international level. These teams of experts conduct research and analysis upon request from FRA and provide relevant data to FRA on fundamental rights issues to enable and facilitate the Agency’s comparative analyses. Human European Consultancy manages the country team for Romania and the EU and international comparative analysis team, the latter with four international partners. 


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) assists EU institutions and EU Member States in the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights by collecting information and providing expertise through, among others, comparative legal and social research within FRANET. FRANET is FRA’s research network, composed of (contracted) teams of legal and social experts in each EU Member State and one team of experts for research and analysis at the EU and international level that collects information and provides research and analysis that enables FRA to perform its role. Key research areas are victims’ rights, data protection, equal treatment and non-discrimination, children’s rights, rights of people with disabilities and asylum and migration.  


Human European Consultancy provides within FRANET the data collection,  research and analysis for Romania with a team of Romanian experts and for the EU and international and comparative analysis with teams of international experts from its partners, KU Leuven, Migration Policy Group, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and Intervict – Tilburg University.
The Romanian team of experts has provided inputs for the FRA Fundamental Rights Report 2015,  2016 and 2017.The team has furthermore contributed to the research on: the right to interpretation, translation and information in criminal proceedings: fundamental rights implications of bio-metric data storage in IT-systems for border, visa and asylum; social inclusion and participation of migrants and their descendants; return to country of nationality of children between EU Member States; the right to independent living for persons with disabilities; fundamental rights issues relating to transfer of suspects and sentenced persons; safeguards and remedies for national intelligence and surveillance practices; migration detention of children; minimum age and the rights of the child; access to justice of crime victims; protection of media professionals and incitement to hatred.
The team is currently researching barriers to EU citizen’s enjoyment of rights when living in another EU Member States and the operational space NGOs have to contribute to promote and protect fundamental rights in the EU Member States.
The EU and international team has in 2014 conducted comparative research on social inclusion and participation in society of migrants and their descendants, based among others on the reports of the FRANET country teams. The research was conducted by Thomas Huddleston of MPG. Also, Conny Rijken and Nanda Oudejans of Intervict wrote an extensive report on the application of the principle of non-refoulement as reflected in EU law.
Social expert Mark Priestley and statistician Stefanos Grammenos performed, as members of the EU and international team, conceptual and statistical analysis for outcome indicators in relation to the right to independent living of persons with disabilities (article 19 CRPD). 

Main findings

The research conducted by the teams has provided input on the FRA publications on the topics mentioned above, see the FRA publications at http://fra.europa.eu/en/publications-and-resources.

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