Marking the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the 4th EJSF annual plenary, on 19th November 2019, focused on ‘Rights under threat – how can the EU Fundamental Rights Charter work better for citizens?’ The event was co-hosted with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and took place as usual at the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels.
Chair Arno Metzler, President of the EESC Diversity Group, and senior speakers from the FRA, the Finnish Presidency of the EU Council, the European Parliament, the European Data Protection Supervisor, the European Court of Justice and the legal profession addressed many of the challenges to rule of law and democracy facing citizens. These range from fake news and manipulation of the electorate to rights in conflict such as the right to privacy versus the right to information, the interplay between human rights and competition law, and the growing case law of the European Courts to address these challenges.
The EC’s Work Programme 2020 foresees publication of a new Strategy for the Implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in Q42020. The Strategy will focus on awareness raising, at national level, of citizens’ rights contained in the Charter.
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