The establishment of the cooperation platforms is the result of the joint conference of the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet), the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which took place in October 2013 in Vienna. The conference set the scene for closer cooperation among national bodies and between national and international bodies. It was agreed to establish platforms for collaboration on pressing topics such as asylum and migration, Roma integration, combating hate crime, and advancing social and economic rights and socio-economic equality.
More information on the conference can be found on the page ‘Strengthening fundamental rights protection together in a changing human rights landscape‘ (Vienna, 7-8 October 2013). See also the joint statement by CoE, FRA, Equinet and ENNHRI on the establishment of the four Platforms.