EU Fundamental Rights Agency publishes its 2020 Fundamental Rights Report covering EU Member States and, for the first time, Serbia and North Macedonia

June 12, 2020

The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published its 2020 Fundamental Rights Report covering EU Member States and, for the first time, two EU candidate countries – Serbia and North Macedonia. FRA’s 2020 Report emphasises the importance of human rights protection in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Growing intolerance and attacks on people’s fundamental rights continue to erode the considerable progress achieved over the years. As Europe begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic we see a worsening of existing inequalities and threats to societal cohesion,” the
Report finds.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the fundamental rights of everyone across the EU. Persistent inequalities, harassment and prejudices are likely to worsen,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “Governments need to ensure planning for the ‘new normal’ to lead to a fair and just society that honours the dignity of everyone and ensures that no one is left behind.”

FRA’s Fundamental Rights Report 2020 reflects on the developments and shortfalls of human rights protection in the EU over the past year, including in the United Kingdom and two EU candidate countries: Serbia and North Macedonia. It addresses: equality and non-discrimination; racism and related intolerance; Roma inclusion; asylum, borders and migration; information society, privacy and data protection; child rights; access to justice; and implementing the UN’s disability convention. The Report summarises and analyses major human rights developments in the EU over 2019. It also contains proposals for action covering the EU’s Fundamental Rights
Charter and its use by Member States.

The Serbia Report is available at:

The integral Report is available at: