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Fundamental Rights Agency: new bulletin on Coronavirus Pandemic in the EU- Fundamental Rights Implications

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published, on the 28th of May, the second Bulletin Coronavirus Pandemic in the EU- Fundamental Rights Implications, which covers the period from the 21st of March till the end of April.

The bulletin outlines some of the measures the EU Member States have put in place to protect public health during the Coronavirus pandemic and their consequences on fundamental rights, taking into account the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

In this regard, it looks at declarations of states of emergency and at the impact of the measures on social life, education, work, justice system and travel. Moreover, it analyzes the implications of the virus, and the efforts to limit its spread, on vulnerable groups such as older persons, Roma, detainees and homeless persons. Eventually, it offers a focus on contact tracing apps, in particular about data protection and privacy.

In addition to this, the Agency made available country profiles, as the one about Italy, where it is possible to find a specific description of the measures implemented by the country and their implications on fundamental rights.

FRA, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, based in Vienna, is an independent body founded in 2007 which has the role to help safeguard the rights, values and freedoms enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Right. It was set up to provide independent evidence-based assistance and expertise relating to fundamental rights, in the domain of European Union law. It supports EU institutions and bodies, as well as Member States.

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