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The Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law

The Group on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (FRRL) is a horizontal body within the EESC tasked to provide a forum for European civil society organizations to meet and share their assessment on the state of fundamental rights, democracy and rule of law in the Member States.

In its work, the FRRL group focuses on topics and not individual countries and aim to promote the respect for the European values listed in Article 2 TEU, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as the check list on the rule of law by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. Its objective is to address both collective and individual rights, and, given the mandate of the EESC, also pay attention to the economic and social rights. These rights are indivisible from civil and political rights and require special strategic attention.

The Group was established in January 2018.