FRANET is multidisciplinary research network of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
FRANET was established in 2011 for the purpose of data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues. Within the FRANET network, the contractors deliver various thematic reports and monthly-bulletins with respect to specific fundamental rights issues in each EU country concerned. The national FRANET teams also contribute to the annual Fundamental Rights Report compiled by FRA. As from 2019 the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku form the national focal point of FRANET. Between 2011-2018 the Institute for Human Rights cooperated with the Finnish League for Human Rights within the FRANET network. Below is a selection of some of the most recent FRA reports which the Finnish FRANET team has contributed to.
Most recent reports
The report provides a comparative overview of the application of some of the rights deriving from EU citizenship, in particular the right to move and reside freely in other Member States, the right not to be discriminated on the basis of nationality and the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal and European Parliament elections. Based on a review and analysis of select case law of national courts, the report shows how courts in different countries vary in the interpretation of the key EU provisions regulating EU citizens’ rights. These include the definition of a family member, sufficient resources, or when they can receive benefit. This can affect people’s everyday life, their family, career and well-being. FRA’s research covered all 28 EU Member States. FRA’s inter-disciplinary research network FRANET collected the case law between February and June of 2017.
EU Member States, and the EU itself have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, committing themselves to achieving independent living for persons with disabilities. Doing so requires a meaningful and sustainable shift from institutional to community-based living arrangements. This publication summarises the findings from the three FRA reports, published in October 2017, focusing on three important factors in making deinstitutionalisation a reality: commitments and structure, budgeting and financing, and measuring outcomes for persons with disabilities.