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Conference on

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: assessing and responding to the training needs of legal practitioners and public officials

Brussels, 17-18 December 2014

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union pdfapproached its fifth anniversary as a binding document in December 2014. Its provisions are primarily addressed to the Institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the European Union. It is also binding for the Member States when they are implementing EU law.

National authorities (judicial, law enforcement and administrations) are key actors in giving concrete effect to rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter.

National judges directly ensure that individuals obtain full redress in cases where fundamental rights within the scope of EU law have not been respected. Every judge in the Member States is an agent for the enforcement of EU law.

National administrations have to ensure respect for fundamental rights when implementing EU law. The effectiveness of specialised institutions such as National Human Rights Institutions or equality bodies is important to help citizens to better enforce their fundamental rights to the extent that Member States apply EU law.

The 2010 Strategy on the effective implementation of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights pdfenvisages increased information activities on fundamental rights, including the promotion of information and training for legal professionals and the judicial authorities. Under this framework, the European Commission organized a conference to discuss with representatives of Member States, national and international judicial institutions, public administrations, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, training institutions, civil society at large as well as with local and regional authorities the recent developments concerning the training on the scope and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The overarching objective was to map training needs and identify and illustrate best practices in existing trainings on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The Conference took place at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. 




Albert Borschette Conference Centre (CCAB)
Rue Froissart 36
1040 Brussels

Public transport:
Metro station “Schuman”
(lines 1 and 5)

Train station “Bruxelles-Schuman” or “Bruxelles-Luxembourg”

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