Francesco Palermo appointed member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights


Francesco Palermo, head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism, appointed member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Francesco Palermo, head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen and professor for comparative public law at the University of Verona, has been appointed to a five-year term as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

The FRA is the EU’s centre of fundamental rights expertise. It is set up to provide expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States on fundamental rights and helps to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are protected. The Scientific Committee is the guarantor of the scientific quality of the FRA’s work and is composed of eleven independent and widely renowned experts who are highly qualified in the field of fundamental rights.

A longtime leading advocate for the protection of human and minority rights, Palermo has been working for the OSCE and the Council of Europe on issues pertaining to the rule of law and minority rights. He has also been the President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

“Especially in troubled times, when international leaders ride roughshod over fundamental rights, it is important to stand up as society as a whole. I am firmly convinced that commitment is key for any activity in the field of human rights. During the five-year term as a member of the Scientific Committee, I look forward to doing my best, together with all FRA’s staff members and my colleagues, to ensure that every person is treated with dignity and respect,” Francesco Palermo says.



Francesco Palermo, direttore dell’Istituto di studi federali comparati, nominato membro del Comitato scientifico dell’Agenzia dell’Unione europea per i Diritti Fondamentali

Francesco Palermo, direttore dell’Istituto di studi federali comparati di Eurac Research a Bolzano e professore di diritto pubblico comparato presso l’Università di Verona, è stato nominato membro del Comitato Scientifico dell’Agenzia dell’Unione Europea per i Diritti Fondamentali (FRA) con un mandato di cinque anni.

L’Agenzia è il centro di competenza dell’Unione europea per i diritti fondamentali. È stata istituita per fornire assistenza e consulenza sui diritti fondamentali alle istituzioni e agli Stati membri dell’UE e contribuisce a garantire che i diritti fondamentali delle persone residenti nell’Unione europea vengano protetti. Il Comitato Scientifico è il garante della qualità scientifica delle attività della FRA ed è composto da undici esperti indipendenti e rinomati che sono altamente qualificati nel settore dei diritti fondamentali.

Palermo vanta una lunga esperienza sia accademica sia sul campo nella tutela dei diritti fondamentali, specie di quelli delle minoranze. Tra il resto ha lavorato a lungo per l’OSCE e il Consiglio d’Europa ed è stato presidente del Comitato consultivo della Convenzione quadro per la tutela delle Minoranze nazionali.

“Soprattutto in tempi difficili, in cui i diritti fondamentali sembrano arretrare, è importante che la società intera li difenda con vigore. Sono convinto che la dedizione personale sia la base essenziale per qualsiasi attività nel campo dei diritti. Nei cinque anni di mandato come componente del Comitato scientifico dell’Agenzia farò del mio meglio, insieme ai colleghi e al personale della FRA, affinché ogni persona sia trattata con dignità e rispetto”, commenta Francesco Palermo.


Francesco Palermo, Leiter des Instituts für Vergleichende Föderalismusforschung, zum Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses der EU-Grundrechteagentur ernannt

Francesco Palermo, Leiter des Instituts für Vergleichende Föderalismusforschung von Eurac Research, Bozen und Professor für Vergleichendes Öffentliches Recht an der Universität Verona, wurde für fünf Jahre zum Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses der Agentur der Europäischen Union für Grundrechte (FRA) ernannt.

Die FRA ist die Fachagentur für Grundrechtsberatung der EU. Sie wurde eingerichtet, um die Institutionen und die Mitgliedsstaaten der EU fachkundig zu den Grundrechten zu beraten, und gewährleistet, dass die Grundrechte der Menschen, die innerhalb der EU wohnen, geschützt werden. Der Wissenschaftliche Ausschuss ist der Garant für die wissenschaftliche Qualität der Arbeit der Agentur und setzt sich aus elf unabhängigen und renommierten Experten mit hoher Qualifikation im Bereich der Grundrechte zusammen.

Während seiner langjährigen Erfahrung bei der OSZE und dem Europarat sowie als Wissenschaftler hat sich Palermo stets für den Schutz der Grundrechte, insbesondere der Minderheitenrechte stark gemacht. Außerdem war er als Präsident des Beratenden Ausschusses des Rahmenübereinkommens zum Schutz nationaler Minderheiten beim Europarat tätig.

„Gerade in sorgenvollen Zeiten, in denen die Grundrechte mit Füßen getreten werden, ist es wichtig, als Gesellschaft diesem Trend die Stirn zu bieten. Es ist meine vollste Überzeugung, dass Engagement grundlegend für jede Tätigkeit im Bereich der Menschenrechte ist. In den fünf Jahren meines Mandats als Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses werde ich gemeinsam mit meinen Kollegen und den Mitarbeitern der FRA mein Bestes geben, um sicherzustellen, dass jede Person mit Würde und Respekt behandelt wird,“ so Francesco Palermo.

Interview: The challenge of extremism

Schermata 2013-09-23 alle 09.13.00

In this video, Professor Francesco Palermo, focuses on Greece in his examination of how states can embrace diversity and counter the challenge of extremism.

The dangers of extremism were also on Francesco Palermo’s mind, as he pitched for Greece to sign and ratify the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM).

“All European countries are changing quickly and deeply and we have to look to positive answers and not to negative ones,” said the FCNM advisory committee’s vice-president.

The FCNM was an unlikely headline-maker this week. Its advisory committee published a report on the protection of national minorities in Kosovo on Friday 13 September, which revealed a “negative trend towards nationalism” in all communities.

Twitter soon lit up with the comments of some aggrieved correspondents who felt the report was unfair and lacked balance.
“Not so,” replied Professor Palermo in this exclusive audio reply.

Schermata 2013-09-23 alle 11.22.24

In this podcast, Francesco Palermo reviews current provisions for the protection of national minorities in Europe.

Professor Palermo (photo), Vice-President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), looks at the treatment of Roma people, examines the rehabilitation of ideas on “assimilation” and also analyses how Italy is coping with diversity.

“There is a lack of understanding and readiness to accept the fact that Italy is becoming a multi-ethnic country,” he says. “Instead of taking advantage of the opportunities given by this fact, which cannot be changed, stress is put on the security dimension and that this represents a problem for the cohesiveness of the society, which is not true.”

In a wide-ranging review of minority rights protection, Professor Palermo also discusses the future of the FCNM, which is now 15 years old and outlines how he thinks more member states could be persuaded to sign the treaty.

“The first step is a mental step,” he adds. “These countries, in most cases, do make a lot of efforts to deal with their minority issues but the problem is that they do not want to acknowledge officially that they are multi-ethnic. This is the first barrier to overcome.

“Signing the convention is actually a help and not an obstacle to their policies.”

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