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The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
This website contains the complete text of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, as signed and proclaimed by the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission at the European Council meeting in Nice on 7 December 2000.
This Charter is the end-result of a special procedure, which is without precedent in the history of the European Union and may be summarised as follows:
The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out in a single text, for the first time in the European Union's history, the whole range of civil, political, economic and social rights of European citizens and all persons resident in the EU.
These rights are divided into six sections:
They are based, in particular, on the fundamental rights and freedoms recognised by the European Convention on Human Rights, the constitutional traditions of the EU Member States, the Council of Europe's Social Charter, the Community Charter of Fundamental Social Rights of Workers and other international conventions to which the European Union or its Member States are parties.
The issue of the Charter's legal status - i.e. whether to make it legally binding by incorporating it into the TEU - was raised by the Cologne European Council, which originally launched the Charter initiative. The Convention drew up the draft Charter with a view to its possible incorporation, and the European Parliament voted in favour of incorporation. The Nice European Council (see Annex I to the Presidency conclusions) decided to consider the question of the Charter's legal status during the general debate on the future of the European Union, which was initiated on 1 January 2001.
Statements by the Presidents of the European Council, the European Parliament and the Commission on the Charter of Fundamental Rights
Mr Jacques Chirac, President of the European Council
(Strasbourg, 12 December 2000)
Mrs Nicole Fontaine, President of the European Parliament
(Nice, 7 December 2000)
Mr Romano Prodi, President of the Commission
(Nice, 7 December 2000)
|Amnesty International (AI)|
(ATD Fourth World Movement)
|Site in: EN and FR|
|Campagne pour une Constitution Européenne||Site in: DE - EN - FR - IT|
|ETWelfare||site in: DE - EN - FR|
|Euronet - European Children's network||Site in: EN - FR|
|European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)||Site in: EN and FR|
|European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)|
|European Landowners' organisation|
|European Women's Lobby||Site in: EN and FR|
Kirche in Deutschland (EKD)
(Protestant Church in Germany)
|Site in: DE and EN|
|FIDH - International Federation of Human Rights Leagues||Site in: EN - ES - FR|
|ILGA International Lesbian and Gay Association - European Region|
Europäische Föderalisten Deutschland e. V.
JEF - Young European Federalists (German section)
|Kampagne für eine Europäische Verfassung (Campaign for a European Constitution)|
|Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung||Site in: DE - ES - EN|
|Movimento Federalista Europeo||site in: IT|
|Plate-forme des ONG du secteur social||Site in: EN and FR|
|Rat der Gemeinden und Regionen Europas - Deutsche Sektion|
|SOLIDAR||Site in: EN - DE - ES - FR - IT|
|Women's Human Rights Net||Site in: EN - ES - FR|