The second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights is taking place on 17-18 November 2016 in Brussels, with a focus on media pluralism and democracy. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union Koen Lenaerts, Slovakian Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič and Vice-President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek opened the first day of the event, which introduced disscussions with a wide range of experts on the key role in democratic societies of a free and pluralist media, in particular digital media.

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High level representatives from international organizations and specialized agencies, Ombudsman and Mediator institutions, as well as representatives from governmental authorities, the diplomatic community and the civil society gathered on 7th September in Tirana, Albania, at the two day conference “Challenges for Ombudsman Institutions with respect to mixed migratory flows”. The objective of the conference was to generate a common response to the situation of people in need of international protection.

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Public Defender of Rights of the Czech Republic Ana Šabatova and her associates met on 23-24 May 2016 in Zagreb with the Ombudswoman Lora Vidović. Ombudswoman Vidović familiarized the guests with the work of the Office, its mandates as well as the main points of the 2015 annual report. The guests met with the Deputy Ombudspersons and the advisors to the Ombudswoman to discuss particular issues falling within the mandates of the Office's departments, the manner in which the complaints submitted to the Office are handled, as well as the similarities and differences in the work of the two institutions.

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