20 OCT 2010
The European Commission today adopted a strategy to ensure that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights – legally binding since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty – is effectively implemented.
The Commission will verify that all EU laws are in compliance with the Charter at each stage of the legislative process – from the early preparatory work in the Commission to the adoption of draft laws by the European Parliament and the Council, and then in their application by EU Member States.
The Commission will provide information to citizens on when it can intervene in fundamental rights issues and will publish an Annual Report on the Charter’s application to monitor the progress achieved. The Commission is thereby responding to calls from the European Parliament.
“The Charter is a reflection of our common values and constitutional heritage,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.
“The Charter must be the compass for all EU policies. The European Commission, and notably its Justice Department, will be very vigilant in ensuring that the Charter is upheld in all proposals for EU legislation, in all amendments introduced by the Council and by the European Parliament, as well as by Member States when they implement EU laws. The strategy adopted by the Commission today is an important step in creating a European fundamental rights culture.”
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