Fundamental rights during the recovery, new FRA report is online

The new FRA Fundamental Rights Report is available on the Fundamental Rights Agency website. The report provides an overview of progress and challenges in protecting fundamental rights in the EU during 2021.

The document is accompanied by a special chapter dedicated to the Covid-19 pandemic: unlike the 2021 focus - which concentrated on measures taken by states to cope with the emergency - the 2022 focus is on the impact of the pandemic crisis on social rights such as those related to education, employment and health care.

The report focuses on the experiences of children, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups and examines how EU countries intend to use the EUR 724 billion in EU funding.

"The response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine show how the European Union is forged when confronted with crises" FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty stated. "EU action and funding can, and is, making a significant difference, particularly when linked to relevant legal obligations and political commitments to safeguard people’s social rights".

As in the previous editions, the publication focuses on a few thematic areas that are particularly crucial when dealing with the protection of fundamental rights. These include racism, discrimination, protection of children's rights, the right to privacy and protection of personal data, protection of victims of crime and gender-based violence. FRA also provides recommendations to member state governments to address key challenges that have emerged over the past year.

Fondazione Brodolini - Italian contractor of the multi-disciplinary network of experts FRANET - edited the country study on fundamental rights in Italy, which can also be downloaded from the FRA website.

Read the full report on fundamental rights

Read the country study on fundamental rights in Italy

Read the focus on fundamental rights and the recovery