After 40 dialogues in cities across Europe, on Friday 13 December, Vice-President Viviane Reding was in Vilnius to debate about Europe's way out of the economic crisis, citizens' rights and the future of Europe with over 200 citizens coming from Lithuania.
Am Mittwochabend ist die Vizepräsidentin der Europäischen Kommission und EU-Justizkommissarin Viviane Reding Gast in der Talkshow von Anne Will in der ARD. Hauptthema wird die Regulierung der Banken sein. Besonders nach dem Rekordbußgeld gegen sechs Großbanken im Rahmen des LIBOR-Skandals wurde der Ruf nach mehr Regulierung in der Finanzwelt wieder laut. (...)
Today's Justice Council made important progress on the building of a true European area of Justice that works for citizens and businesses. Ministers adopted the Commission's proposal to facilitate the recovery of cross-border debts. They also agreed on the Commission’s proposal updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgments, the (...)
The Justice portfolio is new – it was only created with the start of this European Commission, under the leadership of President José Manuel Barroso, in 2010. I am thus the first EU Justice Commissioner who is also responsible for citizenship and fundamental rights. My department, the Directorate General for Justice, deals with a wide range of areas such as civil and commercial law, consumer protection legislation, data protection, criminal law, free movement of citizens and equality legislation.
Human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights must be more than concepts. Fundamental rights are the foundation on which the European Union is built: they must be continuously respected and protected. This commitment is laid down in the European Union's Charter of Fundamental Rights – Europe's "Bill of Rights" and the most modern codification of fundamental rights recognised in national constitutions.
Citizens are at the heart of the European project. The EU is not for politicians, it is for people. This principle is what guides our work here in the European Commission. The Lisbon Treaty marks a real watershed in highlighting the importance of citizens: It underscores their vital role in advancing the European project. It has given them new opportunities to address the European institutions. And it challenges the EU institutions to create a real Citizens’ Europe.