The European Commission is inviting input for its First Annual Colloquium on fundamental rights in the EU.
On 1-2 October 2015, First Vice President for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Frans Timmermans, in cooperation with EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, will host the first Annual Colloquium on fundamental rights in the EU.
The Colloquium will aim at improving mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights in Europe. It will seek to strengthen dialogue between the EU and international institutions, policy makers, academia and civil society, and deepen the understanding of challenges for fundamental rights on the ground. Another key objective will be the identification of gaps and achieving progress on topical fundamental rights issues.
For this first edition the central theme will be: “Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe“.
The Colloquium will be held in Brussels and will bring together a selected number of high level participants from across the EU: national Ministers, representatives of leading NGOs and international institutions, MEPs and renowned academics and philosophers.
The Commission would like to collect input on a number of questions which will be at the center of discussions during the Colloquium. Input will be welcome until 31 May 2015. Contributions can be sent to <JUST-ColloquiumATec.europa.eu>.
The Commission will analyze and disseminate the contributions, which will allow a large array of views to be conveyed to the Colloquium. For more information and background, please visit this website.