Last week we were in Lisbon, Portugal, to meet with our 6 partner organizations from our “Connect Europe” Europe for Citizens project discussing:
– How to raise awareness on #EURights
– How to challenge authorities in implementing the Charter on fundamental rights
– The way forward from the existing charter to include new important rights.
This project aims to connect citizens and civil society representatives with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The European values are threatened with increased populism and nationalism around Europe. We want to raise awareness about the EU charter and discuss our fundamental rights as citizens of the EU.
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
The Charter of Fundamental Right of the European Union is a legally binding document that contains a list of human rights recognised by the EU. The rights of every individual in the EU were established at different times, in different ways and in different forms. For this reason, the EU decided to include them all in a single document, which has been updated in the light of changes in society, social progress and scientific and technological developments. The Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all the personal, civic, political, economic and social rights enjoyed by people within the EU in a single text.
- all the rights found in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU
- the rights and freedoms enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights
- other rights and principles resulting from the common constitutional traditions of EU countries and other international instruments.
The charter has become legally binding on the EU with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in December 2009.
During the next meeting in Helsinki, we will talk about the EU Rights, especially about the dignity and later, in Gdańsk, Poland to discuss the solidarity in Europejskie Centrum Solidarności I European Solidarity Centre!
See our website to know more about the project:
Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres
European Civic Forum