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Freedom, justice and security


Working for a free, fair and safe Europe is the task of the EU agencies in this cluster. This they tackle from very different angles: from creating a common European security culture to promoting fundamental rights; from securing the information society to fighting cross-border crime and terrorism; from boosting police cooperation to combating gender inequality; and from informing drug policy to managing Europe’s external borders.

The key concepts of freedom, security and justice frame the work of these agencies. These three concepts are inextricably linked and are based on some of the most cherished values and principles among Europeans today, such as democracy, equality, tolerance and the rule of law. People are only free if they are treated fairly and feel safe. Working towards this aim, the 10 agencies in this cluster cooperate in their daily work, as illustrated through examples during this exhibition.

Cluster members


Wednesday 2 February (9.00 – 14.00)

  • 9.00 Welcome: Morten Kjærum, Director, Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).
  • 9.10 – 9.30 ‘Making Europe safer’, Christian Jechoutek, Assistant Director, European Law Enforcement Agency (Europol).
  • 9.30 – 9.50 Presentation of ‘Charterpedia’, Morten Kjærum, Director, FRA and Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chairman of the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (tbc).
    • Launch of a new FRA report on multiple discrimination.
  • 9.50 – 10.10 ‘EIGE to become the centre of excellence on gender equality’, Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
  • 10.10 – 10.30 ‘Educate, innovate and motivate’, Dr Ferenc Bánfi, Director, European Police College (CEPOL).
  • 10.30 – 11.10 Frontex–FRA joint round table on fundamental rights at external borders:
    • Ilkka Laitinen, Frontex Director; Morten Kjærum, FRA Director; MEP Ernst Strasser; Judith Kumin, Director of UNHCR Bureau for Europe (tbc).
  • 11.10 – 11.30 ‘Eurojust makes the difference’, Joannes Thuy, Spokesperson, The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).
  • 11.30 – 11.50 ‘New drugs in Europe’, Paul Griffiths, Scientific Director, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
  • 11.50 – 12.10 ‘Tackling data breach in the EU’, Demosthenes Ikonomou, Senior Expert, European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).
  • 12.10 – 12.30 ‘The EU as an actor for democracy and peace’, Álvaro de Vasconcelos, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
  • 12.30 Introduction, co-referent MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar (tbc).
    • Keynote speech: ‘The EU: what challenges, what society in 2020?’
    • Dr Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford. Former Vice-President of the World Bank and previously Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Advisor to President Mandela.
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Sandwich lunch provided on the stand.

When and where?

The exhibition will take place from 31 January to 3 February 2011, at the European Parliament, Brussels, third floor of the ASP building (in front of the distribution area).
Media announcement for the exhibition (PDF).
Main exhibition page.

Programme and photos

Download the full programme in PDF format.

Exhibition programme at a glance.

Photos from the event

Contact details

This event is being coordinated by the EMCDDA on behalf of the EU agencies.
Tel. (351) 211 21 02 32/40 (up to 28 January).
Tel. (351) 93 599 40 29 (from 31 January, at the stand).

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Page last updated: Monday, 24 January 2011