The new Strategy confirms a renewed commitment to ensure that the Charter is applied to its full potential. As of next year, the Commission will present an annual report, which will look into how the Member States apply the Charter in a selected thematic area.
Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, underlined, “This year marks 20 years since the Charter – the European bill of rights - was first proclaimed. It is the embodiment of the values of our Union. The Charter has the same legal value as the Treaties. I want people to know who and where to turn to if their rights are breached.”
Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders said, “Recently, new fundamental rights challenges have emerged; the Coronavirus pandemic and its related restrictions are a telling example. The developments we have seen in society call for a renewed commitment to ensure that the Charter is applied to its full by the EU and its Member States. More than ever, we must put the Charter at the centre of our work and ensure people can effectively access their fundamental rights.”
The strategy complements the European Democracy Action Plan and the Rule of Law report, illustrating the Commission's comprehensive approach to promoting and protecting the fundamental rights and values of the EU.
Making the Charter a reality for all:
The Strategy focuses on four pillars for actions, setting out the direction of the Charter implementation for the next 10 years:
Given Member States' key role in the implementation of this strategy, the Commission invites the Council to prepare follow-up conclusions.
In 2025, the Commission will report on the implementation of this strategy.
Strategy for the Implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights
Analysis of the targeted consultations for the Commission's new Charter strategy
Europa pages on the EU Strategy for the Implementation of the Charter
VIDEO: Introduction to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
VIDEO: EU Charter of Fundamental Rights