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Kevin Boyle

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570546

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570546.001.0001

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The EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Genesis and Potential

The EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Genesis and Potential

(p.93) 4 The EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Genesis and Potential
New Institutions for Human Rights Protection

Olivier De Schutter

Oxford University Press

The Fundamental Rights Agency for the European Union was established in 2007. This chapter reflects on the genesis of the Agency. It maps the debate which led to its creation, in a form which constitutes a compromise between the traditional model of EU agencies and the model of an independent institution following that of the Paris Principles on national human rights institutions. It examines the division of tasks that unfolded between the EU and the Council of Europe in promoting and protecting human rights on the European continent. Finally, it evaluates the likely impact that the Fundamental Rights Agency will have in promoting a culture of fundamental rights within the EU institutions, and in encouraging the EU to exercise to its full potential the competences it has been attributed in this area.

Keywords:   European Union, Fundamental Rights Agency, Council of Europe, independent agencies, mainstreaming

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