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EU proposes fundamental rights agency

[JURIST] The European Commission on Thursday published a proposal [PDF text] to create a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights [press release]. The proposal comes in the wake of an Amnesty International report [PDF text] urging Great Britain's incoming EU Presidency [official website] to make fundamental rights a key issue in the EU agenda in the second half of 2005. The independent agency, designed to complement the work of the Council of Europe [official website], would gather information, issue annual reports and give advice to the EU and member states on legislative proposals. The agency would not have the power to review individual cases. Euractiv has more.

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