Contribution of ESI Funds to the Commission's priorities: Justice and Fundamental Rights
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Regional, local and other public authorities involved in managing the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) are under a legal obligation to respect the provisions of the Charter when they act under the scope of EU law. If this legal obligation is not respected, those who have been violated can, in certain cases, claim damages before a national court.
Furthermore, Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 requires operations supported by the ESI Funds to comply with national and Union law. The European Commission can ensure that EU Funds are managed in compliance with the Charter by interrupting payment deadlines, suspending payments, as well as starting infringement proceedings under Article 258 TFEU.
Beyond legal requirements, ensuring that actions under the ESI Funds are compliant with EU law, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights, may limit the number of complaints received from citizens and companies operating across the EU. In particular, the ESI Funds help to improve citizens’ access to several of the rights and freedoms set out in the Charter such as education, vocational training, employment, working conditions and health care.
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