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Annual Report

To ensure the implementation of fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter, the Commission has published, since 2010, an annual report on the application of the Charter.

Annual report on the application of the Charter

The annual report monitors progress in the areas where the EU has powers to act, showing how the Charter has been taken into account in actual cases, notably when new EU legislation is proposed.

The annual report is based on the actions of EU institutions and the analysis of letters from the general public, and on questions and petitions from the European Parliament.

The annual report provides an opportunity for an annual exchange of views with the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

It is aimed at helping EU citizens determine where they need to turn to when they believe that their fundamental rights have been violated by an EU institution or by a national authority implementing EU law.

Newly adopted: the 2016 report on the application of the Charter

On 18 May 2017, the European Commission published its annual Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The report outlines the initiatives taken in 2016 by the EU to strengthen fundamental rights. It also looks at how these rights were applied across a range of EU policies and in the EU countries in 2016.

The report points out some serious threats to fundamental rights in the EU. The Commission will ensure that all EU policies and institutions will continue to respect the Charter. Special attention will be paid to the important system of checks and balances, in particular the key role of supreme courts and constitutional courts in upholding the EU's common values.



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