Since 2007, Milieu has an ongoing and positive collaboration with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). As part of the FRALEX network established in 2007 by the FRA, Milieu has held Framework Contracts for Estonia and Portugal (2007 to 2011) for the provision of reports and studies on legal issues concerning the promotion and protection for fundamental rights in the EU.
In this context, Milieu managed a team of experts to provide the Agency with a number of studies and reports on the situation in Estonia and Portugal as regards fundamental rights. This included annual situation reports, thematic studies, bulletins, newsletters and other requests such as legal thematic studies focusing on specific areas of fundamental rights. Key issues covered included:
1. homophobia and sexual discrimination;
2. discrimination and gender issues;
3. asylum and immigration, including voluntary and involuntary return procedures for illegal immigrants in the EU;
4. national human rights institutions;
5. rights of the child;
6. protection of personal data;
7. impact of the Racial Equality Directive;
8. access to justice.
Within the context of the new FRANET research network launched in July 2011, Milieu currently manages the national focal points to the FRA and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) for the provision of data collection and research services on fundamental right issues in Ireland and Belgium (2011 to 2015), and Belgium and Hungary (2016 onwards).
This includes the preparation of bulletins providing information on key developments regarding fundamental rights/gender equality issues in each country as well as legal thematic studies involving the collection and presentation of the up-to-date legal framework in the area of fundamental rights/gender equality.
In addition to the legal component, the Framework Contract involves social research: this includes social thematic studies on social and policy aspects of fundamental rights and/or gender equality issues, involving data collection through desktop and fieldwork research, as well as social qualitative fieldwork research, including in-depth interviews and case studies.