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Maija Sakslin to head European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman Maija Sakslin was unanimously elected as Chairperson of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) at the Board’s meeting in Vienna on 27 September.  Professor Manfred Nowak of Austria was elected as Vice-Chairperson.

The Agency for Fundamental Rights is tasked with providing Union institutions, agencies and the Member States with advice and expertise in relation to fundamental rights as well as assisting them in the implementation of these rights.  It was established in 2007 and is based in Vienna.
The Management Board plans and oversees the work of the Agency and approves its budget.

The Management Board comprises 27 independent experts,  one from each Member State,  in addition to one nominated by the Council of Europe and  two representing the European Commission.  The Chairperson’s term of office is two and a half years.

Maija Sakslin was elected as the Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman in 2010.  Before that she worked as a researcher and expert in various projects in Finland and the EU.