Objective of the reports

Since 2010, the European Commission has published an annual report on the application of the fundamental rights and freedoms in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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.

Exchange of views

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

It aims to help 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.

2017 report

On 4 June 2018, the European Commission adopted its annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

At the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the UN Universal declaration on Human Rights, the 2017 report on the implementation of the Charter reminds that fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law are the three pillars that anchor the European Union. It underlines that the EU Charter for Fundamental Rights is not optional. The EU institutions are bound by it and so are the Member States when implementing EU law.

It highlights some very encouraging strides in the area of social rights and in ensuring that fundamental rights are a reality for all.

The  report also underlines the need for a renewed support to democracy and civil society and announces this year’s Colloquium on “democracy”.

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