Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law

The EU is not only a common market; it is a union of common values that shape the European identity. These values are set out in the Treaty on the European Union and also include the rights, freedoms and principles laid out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights: the "indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; [the Union] is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice."

The Charter brings together into a single text all the personal, civic, political, economic and social rights enjoyed by people within the EU and apply to the EU institutions and Member States when they implement EU law.

The EESC is very active in the promotion of fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy, and especially in the fight against discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, disability or gender. In 2018, it established the Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law to further expand analysis of the situation across Europe and promote a constructive dialogue amongst all stakeholders.

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December 2021

In this issue:

  • Members' proposals and demands for a more inclusive Europe
  • Guest article by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Vice-President, Inclusion Europe
  • Civil Society Organisations call for an EU Civil Society Strategy - Conference on 5 November
  • An amazing year - Members look back on the first year of the 2020-2025 term

Diversity Europe Newsletter - December 2021

October 2021

In this issue:

  • Articles on the state of play of associations by our Members
  • Guest article by Raffaella Bolini, Co-President, European Civic Forum
  • Statement of the Group on Climate Change
  • What happened to the EESC opinion on Europe’s beating cancer plan? - An interview with rapporteur Małgorzata Anna Bogusz

Diversity Europe Group Newsletter - October 2021

June 2021

In this issue:

  • Members' work and views related to the freedom of the press
  • Pauline Adès-Mével from Reporters Without Borders on the 2021 World Press Freedom Index
  • Senior researcher Julian Plottka on press freedom in Europe
  • Interview with Vlagyiszlav Makszimov, Global Europe reporter, EURACTIV Network Regional Coordinator Balkans

Diversity Europe Group Newsletter - June 2021