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European Commission swears oath to respect the EU Treaties

The Barroso II Commission © EU

The oath of independence and respect for the EU Treaties is more than a symbolic act

The College of Commissioners has today sworn a solemn declaration at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, pledging to respect the EU Treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. For the first time, the Commissioners also explicitly pledged to respect the new Charter of Fundamental Rights. President Barroso underlined that Commissioners today have made clear that they will uphold all the principles and values enshrined in the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental rights.

European Commission swears oath to respect the EU Treaties

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