Charter of Fundamental Rights

Charter of Fundamental Rights

Charter of Fundamental Rights

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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:


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
'In Nice, we proclaimed the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, a text which is of major political importance. Its full significance will become apparent in the future and I wish to pay tribute to your Assembly for the major contribution it has made to its drafting'.
(Strasbourg, 12 December 2000)

Mrs Nicole Fontaine, President of the European Parliament
'A signature represents a commitment (...). I trust that all the citizens of the Union will understand that from now on (...)the Charter will be the law guiding the actions of the Assembly (...). From now on it will be the pointof reference for all the Parliament acts which have a direct or indirect bearing on the lives of citizens throughout the Union.'
(Nice, 7 December 2000)

Mr Romano Prodi, President of the Commission
'In the eyes of the European Commission, by proclaiming the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Union institutions have committed themselves to respecting the Charter in everything they do and in every policy they promote (...). The citizens of Europe can rely on the Commission to ensure that the Charter will be respected (...)'.
(Nice, 7 December 2000

Authors


The Convention set up by the Cologne European Council to draw up the draft Charter of Fundamental Rights was made up of:

The Convention was chaired by Mr Roman Herzog, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the German Constitutional Court.

The Convention Bureau was made up of:

Members of the Convention:

1. Delegation of the European Parliament

MÉNDEZ DE VIGO, Iñigo (E) PPE-DE, Chairman of the Delegation

BERÈS, Pervenche (F) PSE, Deputy Chairman of the Delegation

KAUFMANN, Sylvia-Yvonne (D) GUE/NGL, Deputy Chairman of the Delegation

Full members

BERTHU, Georges (F) UEN
BONDE, Jens-Peter (DK) EDD
CEDERSCHIÖLD, Charlotte (S) PPE-DE
CORNILLET, Thierry (F) PPE-DE
DUFF, Andrew Nicholas (UK) ELDR
FRIEDRICH, Ingo (D) PPE-DE
KIRKHOPE, Timothy (UK) PPE-DE
LEINEN, Jo (D) PSE
MAIJ-WEGGEN, Hanja (NL) PPE-DE
MARTIN, David W. (GB) PSE
MARTIN Hans-Peter (A) PSE
PACIOTTI, Elena Ornella (I) PSE
VOGGENHUBER, Johannes (A) Verts/ALE 

Alternate members

ALMEIDA GARRETT, Teresa (P) PPE-DE
BURG van den, Ieke (NL) PSE
BOUMEDIENNE-THIERY, Alima (NL) Verts/ALE
BUTTIGLIONE, Rocco (I) PPE-DE
DAM van, Rijk (NL) EDD
DEHOUSSE, Jean-Maurice (B) PSE
FRAHM, Pernille (DK) GUE/NGL
HATZIDAKIS, Konstantinos (GR) PPE-DE
HERMANGE, Marie-Thérèse (F) PPE
IIVARI, Ulpu (FIN) PSE
LALUMIERE, Catherine (F) PSE
MOMBAUR, Peter Michael (D) PPE-DE
NOBILIA, Mauro (I) UEN
RACK, Reinhard (A) PPE-DE
WATSON, Graham R. (UK) ELDR
WHITEHEAD, Phillip (UK) PSE

 

2. Representatives of the national parliaments
Full members

 

APOSTOLIDIS, Loukas (GR)
AZEVEDO, Maria Eduarda (P)
BARROS MOURA, José (P)
BEISSEL, Simone (L)
BENAKI-PSAROUDA, Anna (GR)
BOWNESS, Lord (UK)
BRAX, Tuija (FIN)
CISNEROS, Gabriel (E)
DE GUCHT, Karel (B)
DURKAN, Bernard (IRL)
EINEM, Caspar (A)
FAYOT, Ben (L)
GNAUCK, Jürgen (D)
GRIFFITHS, Wyn (UK)
HAENEL, Hubert (F)
HIRSCH BALLIN, Ernst (NL)
JANSSON, Gunnar (FIN)
JENSEN, Claus Larsen (DK)
LALLEMAND, Roger (B)
LONCLE, François (F)
MAGNUSSON, Göran (S)
MANZELLA, Andrea (I)
MELOGRANI, Piero (I)
MEYER, Jürgen (D)
O'MALLEY, Desmond (IRL)
OFNER, Harald (A)
PATIJN, Michiel (NL)
SOLÉ TURA, Jordi (E)
TOBISSON, Lars F. (S)
TØRNAES, Ulla (DK)

 

Alternate members

ALTMAIER, Peter (D)
AMELINE, Nicole (F)
BOSELLO, Furio (I)
BRAUNEDER, Willi (A)
CHIDGEY, David (UK)
CHRISTMAS-MØLLER, Pia (DK)
DE CASTRO MASAVEU, Alicia (E)
DIEULANGARD, Marie-Madeleine (F)
ERDMAN, Fred (B)
HANSEN, Knud Erik (DK)
HOLOUBEK, Michael (A)
HOWELLS OF ST. DAVIDS, Baroness (UK)
JURGENS, Erik (NL)
KVIST, Kenneth (S)
LEPPÂNEN, Johannes (FIN)
MOONEY, Paschal (IRL)
MORAEL, Jacky (B)
van OVEN, Gerritjan (NL)
PRUSTI, Riitaa (FIN)
SVENSSON, Ingvar (S)
TAYLOR QUINN, Madeleine (IRL)
VALETTO BITELLI, Maria Pia (I)
WEBER, Wolf (D)

3. Personal representatives of the Governments of the Member States

Full members

HERZOG, Roman (D), President of the Convention
BACELAR DE VASCONCELLOS, Pedro (P)
BRAIBANT, Guy (F)
DEHAENE, Jean-Luc (B)
GOLDSMITH QC, Lord (UK)
KORTHALS ALTES, Frits (NL)
MEYERS, Paul-Henri (L)
NEISSER, Heinrich (A)
NIKULA, Paavo (FIN)
O'KENNEDY, Michael (IRL)
OLSEN, Erling (DK)
PAPADIMITRIOU, George (GR)
RODOTÀ, Stefano (I)
RODRIGUEZ-BEREIJO, Alvaro (E)
TARSCHYS, Daniel (S)

Alternate members

BOT, Bernard (NL)
DERYCKE, Erik (B)
DE SERPA SOARES, Miguel (P)
DOSSI, Harald (A)
DUTHEIL de la ROCHÈRE, Jacqueline (F)
EATON, Martin (UK)
HAYES, Mahon (IRL)
LEHMANN, Tyge (DK)
MAGNUSON, Lars (S)
ROTKIRCH, Holger (FIN)
SANZ GANDASEGUI, Francisco (E)

4. Representative of the Commission

VITORINO, Antonio(Commissaire)

Alternate members

O'SULLIVAN, David (Secretary-General)


Observers
1. Court of Justice of the European Communities

ALBER, Siegbert (Advocate General)
SKOURIS, Vassilios (Judge)

2. The Committee of the Regions

BORE, Albert
du GRANRUT, Claude

3. The Economic and Social Committee

SIGMUND, Anne-Marie
BRIESCH, Roger
HORNUNG-DRAUS, Renate

4. The Ombudsman
SÖDERMANN, Jacob

5. Council of Europe
Full members

FISCHBACH, Marc (Judge)
KRÜGER, Hans Christian (Deputy Secretary General)

Alternate members

BARTLING, Alexander
CALLEWAERT, Johan

 

Documents 


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Statements by the Presidents : extracts

Annex: Composition of the Convention

Explanations by the Convention relating to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, document CONVENT 49 of 11.10.2000 (PDF files, 11 languages)