l' Union Europeenne
European Union Agency for
Agence des droits fondamentaux
UnilCommunicaticm and External Relations
A - 1060 Vienna
tel. 4 3 (1)
fax 4 3 (1) 580 30 -693
FRA, UnitCommunication & External Relations, A.1060 Wien:
Torshaugv. 2 C
Vienna, 29 March 2007
Dear Mr. Keim,
Thank you very much for your correspondence dated 5th of March 2007 and
the supporting information provided.
The European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) undertakes a
range of tasks to raise awareness, support the protection of, and improve
knowledge on fundamental rights in the European Union. The fight against
racism, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance is also a core element of
the promotion and safeguarding of fundamental rights. To gain a better
overview of the Agency's activities in this area, please refer to the attached
The Agency's mandate does not extend to dealing with individual complaints;
however, the Agency is able to provide information on mechanisms and
bodies at the international, national, regional, or local level which may be in a
position to assist individuals.
These mechanisms are best placed to assess, examine and act upon
complaints. They can offer advice on how to lodge an official complaint at the
appropriate level. The Agency has provided a series of links to these
mechanisms, together with further information related to combating
discrimination, in the attached Annex.
The European Commission and/or the Council of Europe play a role in the
human rights field. The European Commission is empowered to deal with
breaches of Community law in relation to fundamental rights, while the
Council of Europe has well established human rights mechanisms. Again,
please see the attached annex for relevant links.
We truly hope that the advice and information here outlined will prove useful
in addressing your concern to the appropriate body.
TheFRA Information Team
Facsimile of the letter