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Other Acts P6_TA-PROV (2010) 0483 (15/12/2010)

Type: Acts of the European Union: European Parliament resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2009) – effective implementation after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon

Authority: European Authorities - European Union: European Parliament

Date: 12/15/2010

Subject: The European Parliament affirms that the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon has fundamentally changed the legal face of the EU, which should establish itself increasingly as a community of shared values and principles; it hopes that its resolution will clarify the role that each institution and mechanism should play in the new European architecture of fundamental rights. So it calls on the EU institutions and Member States to increase coherence among their various bodies responsible for monitoring and implementation. It recalls that respect for the core values of the EU and protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms constitute common ground in the Union's relations with third countries, and stresses that the EU is bound by the Charter also in this respect. It calls on the Commission and the Member States to raise awareness of the benefits of accession to the ECHR and to ensure the inclusion of this Convention in the training of all relevant professionals; it calls on the Commission to review and strengthen the mandate of the FRA in order to align its work with the new requirements based on the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter and it points out that, within the reviewed mandate, the monitoring role of the FRA should extend to the acceding countries.

Classification: Dignity - Art. 5 Trafficking in human beings - Freedoms - Art. 8 Personal data: fairly processing - Personal data: consent - Personal data: access - Personal data: rectification - Personal data: independent authority - Art. 10 Freedom of religion - Art. 11 Freedom of expression - Freedom of information - Media - Pluralism - Art. 18 Right to asylum - Refugees - Equality - Art. 21 Non discrimination - Art. 22 Respect of cultural, religious and linguistic diversity - Art. 24 Children’s rights - Art. 26 Rights of the disabled - Solidarity - Art. 34 Social security - Citizens’ rights - Art. 45 Freedom of movement - Justice - Art. 48 Rights of defence

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Notices: In its resolution the European Parliament reaffirms that the Charter has the same legal value as the Treaties and represents the most modern codification of fundamental rights, offering a good balance between rights and solidarity and encompassing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as well as ‘third generation’ rights (i.e. the rights to good administration, freedom of information, a healthy environment and consumer protection); it stresses that the incorporation of the Charter into primary EU law, while not extending the Union's competences and respecting the principle of subsidiarity, creates new responsibilities for the decision-making and implementing institutions, as well as for Member States when implementing EU legislation at national level, and that the Charter's provisions have thus become directly enforceable by European and national courts.