•4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
- 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
- Today the European Commission published the 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
- The report provides a comprehensive overview of how fundamental rights have been successfully implemented in the EU over the past year. It highlights, for example, guidance given by the European Court of Justice to national judges on the applicability of the Charter when implementing EU law at national level. It also shows how the rights enshrined in the Charter are taken into careful consideration by the EU institutions when proposing and adopting EU legislation, while Member States are only bound by the Charter when they implement EU policies and law at national level. Finally, the report gives examples of where fundamental rights enshrined in the EU Charter played a role in infringement proceedings launched by the Commission against Member States. The report also reveals that there is a high interest among citizens in fundamental rights issues: in 2013 the issues most frequently raised by citizens in their correspondence with Europe Direct Contact Centres were free movement and residence (48% of the total number of enquiries), consumer rights issues (12%), judicial cooperation (11%), questions related to citizenship (10%), anti-discrimination and social rights (5%) and data protection (4%).
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