The nine EU Justice and Home Affairs agencies, including EASO are marking the 10-year anniversary of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and committed to further promote and protect fundamental rights in their work.
More specifically, the Justice and Home Affairs agencies are committed to continue their ongoing efforts to:
- contribute to the protection of fundamental rights as they are an integral part of their work;
- promote and raise awareness regarding fundamental rights as enshrined in EU law, especially in the Charter, including by providing effective training to agency staff;
- support fundamental rights in agency processes, including gender equality and diversity in the workplace (Articles 20, 21, 22, 23 and 26 of the Charter in particular);
- ensure compliance with the Charter in all activities;
- exchange, within the network of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, practices regarding the implementation of the Charter in the Justice and Home Affairs area on an annual basis.
In addition, they will continue to build and enhance their capacity to respect the Charter by sharing and exchanging best practices. This will form part of their regular network meetings of Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, chaired this year by the European Police Office (EUROPOL).
EASO’s mission is to support Member States in implementing a core Fundamental Right of the Union recognised by the Charter: the Right to Asylum.
EASO will continue offering to practitioners in the asylum process and in the area of reception, as well as to border guards and policy makers, the EASO training module on fundamental rights and international protection in the EU. This module looks at fundamental rights in the context of the asylum procedure. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is at the core of this course. The relevant provisions of the Charter are introduced and explained to participants in the framework of the consecutive phases of the asylum and reception processes.