Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows as citizens stand to benefit
In 2014 the European Commission continued taking action to improve equality between women and men, including steps to close the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions discrepancies, to combat violence and to promote equality in decision-making. Efforts are paying off: concrete progress has been made in the area of addressing the gender pay gap – notably through an initiative by the Commission to improve pay transparency (IP/14/222 ) – or increasing the number of women on company boards (see Annex). These are the main findings of the Commission's annual gender equality report published today along with the annual report on fundamental rights (see IP/14/422 ).
The 4th annual report published today by the European Commission on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, shows that the importance and prominence of the EU Charter continues to rise: the Court of Justice of the EU increasingly applies the Charter in its decisions while national judges are more and more aware of the Charter's impact and seek guidance from the European Court of Justice. The European Commission has also progressively sought to bring the Charter to life by taking action to promote and defend the rights of EU citizens laid down in the Charter. Since 2010, the European Commission has put in place a 'fundamental rights checklist' and as a result screens every legislative proposal to ensure it is "fundamental-rights proof". The annual report on the application of the Charter tracks the progress made and identifies challenges and concerns. It shows: the European Commission places fundamental rights at the heart of all EU policies.
- Press release: Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows as citizens stand to benefit
- Press release: Gender equality: EU action triggers steady progress
- MEMO: Questions & Answers: Report on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Progress Report on Gender Equality
- Speech by Vice-President Reding: Presentation of the Fundamental rights report and the progress report on Gender Equality
- COM(2014) 224 final: Report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2013
- SWD(2014) 141 final part 1/2: Staff working document on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2013
- SWD(2014) 141 final part 2/2: Staff working document on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2013
- SWD(2014) 142 final: Report on progress in equality between women and men in 2013
- Annex to Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2013
- Press conference with Vice-President Reding: Annual Report on Fundamental rights and Gender Equality