Join our online meeting on 11th May – Connect Europe – EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

This year, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which brings together personal, civic, political, economic and social rights, turns 20 years old. In a single text, these rights are enjoyed by every citizen in the EU. Citizens’ rights receives its own chapter as the fifth in a set of seven chapters.

As part of the Connect Europe project with 7 civil society organisations, we aim to connect citizens to the EU Charter and celebrate its accomplishments across 20 years. Let’s look at the Charter’s successes, as well as practically examine where the Charter could be modernised to fit a 21st century Europe that is battling populism and anti-EU rhetoric, and more timely, a Charter that protects citizens’ rights in times of international crisis.
*Disclaimer: this online event will be recorded.
Please register to receive the invitation link: www.democracy.community/forms/registration-online-connect-europe

Programme includes Member of European Parliament Daniel Freund, Marie Jünemann from Mehr Demokratie, and a Virtual European Public Sphere discussion!

View the full programme here: www.democracy.community/event/online-connect-europe-strengthening-and-raising-awareness-citizens-rights

Register here: www.democracy.community/forms/registration-online-connect-europe

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.

It covers:

  • 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:

Nyt Europa
Democracy International
Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres
Netwerk Democratie
European Civic Forum

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