About: Charter of Fundamental Rights

EU Priorities 2020 16-04-2020

EU to delay human and minority rights initiatives due to COVID-19

Despite warnings that COVID-19 may particularly affect the rights of already at-risk populations, the European Commission is looking into the possibility of delaying a host of initiatives intended to improve gender equality and protect human, sexual and ethnic minority rights, according to a draft internal working document seen by EURACTIV.
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The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU at 10

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU at 10

In 2009 the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU entered into force, making human rights a prominent part of EU law. But has the European human rights project developed robustly?
Languages & Culture 09-06-2016

Language discrimination rife across EU

Calls for legislation to be drawn up or even for a Language Commissioner to be appointed have been made, in order to combat a rising number of discrimination cases across the European Union.
Languages & Culture 22-04-2016

Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice.
Digital 11-01-2016

EU and US divisions over data protection threaten agreement

Persistent disagreements between the United States and the European Union over the treatment of personal data threaten to undermine international standards. EURACTIV France reports
Global Europe 07-09-2015

Torture practices are not a thing of the past

It is time for the EU to live up to its commitment to put an end to torture, starting with its partners in the Gulf, writes Isabel Cerdá Marcos.

Commission hardens tone with Orbán

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday (30 April) urged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to make clear he has no intention of reintroducing the death penalty in his country, otherwise “there will be a fight”. A Commission spokesperson hinted that Hungary risked losing its voting rights in the Union if it went ahead with the plans.
Elections 29-04-2015

Commission shies away from warning Orbán over death penalty

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raised the possibility that death penalty be reintroduced in his country. Commission spokespersons made their best to avoid answering questions what would be the consequences for the country’s EU membership status if such a measure is adopted.

Helping the homeless is not a political choice

Athens this week defied the Commission by enacting new social inclusion measures for the homeless. But denying Greek citizens their fundamental right to housing assistance would be a breach of EU law, argue Freek Spinnewijn and Marc Uhry. 
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Social justice 14-04-2014

Commission publishes annual report on Fundamental Rights, Gender equality

The European Commission released on Monday its 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, providing an overview of the main EU policy and legal developments in gender equality during the last year, as well as examples of policies and actions in Member States.

A rebirth of social rights and state functions? Time to test the Charter!

With the current economic crisis, the Union has a unique opportunity to make greater use of the new set of provisions offered by the Lisbon Treaty to enforce social rights at the European level, argues Klaus Heeger from the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI).

Brussels adopts agenda to improve children’s rights

The European Commission launched yesterday (15 February) a list of actions to improve children's well-being and make Europe's justice system more child-friendly, but NGOs complain the agenda lacks an overarching vision. 
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