Report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2012
The European Commission has published today the [ http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/files/2012_report_application_charter_en.pdf ]Report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2012 giving a comprehensive overview of how fundamental rights have been implemented in the EU over the past year.
The report highlights, for example, how the rights enshrined in the Charter are taken into consideration by the EU institutions when proposing and adopting EU legislation, while Member States are bound by the Charter only in cases where they implement EU policies and law.
The report is structured into six chapters reflecting the six titles of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Dignity, Freedoms, Equality, Solidarity, Citizens’ Rights and Justice. According to it, the fundamental rights related issues most frequently raised by citizens in their correspondence with the Commission were free movement and residence (18% of all letters on fundamental rights to the Commission), the functioning of national justice systems (15%), access to justice (12.5%), freedom to choose an occupation and the right to engage in work (7.5%), integration of people with disabilities (4.5%), and protection of personal data (4%). The Report finds that, three years after it became legally binding, the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is increasingly clear. It is becoming a point of reference not only for the EU institutions when drawing up legislation but also for the European and national courts, making fundamental rights a reality for citizens in Europe.
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