Connect Europe is a project that revolves around the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
This project aims to connect citizens and civil society representatives with the charter. The European values is threatened with increase populism and nationalism around Europe. We want to raise awareness about the EU charter and discuss our fundamental rights as citizens of the EU.
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
The Charter of Fundamental Right of the European Union is a legally binding document that contains a list of human rights recognised by the EU.
The rights of every individual in the EU were established at different times, in different ways and in different forms.
For this reason, the EU decided to include them all in a single document, which has been updated in the light of changes in society, social progress and scientific and technological developments.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all the personal, civic, political, economic and social rights enjoyed by people within the EU in a single text.
It covers all the rights found in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, the rights and freedoms enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, other rights and principles resulting from the common constitutional traditions of EU countries and other international instruments.
The charter has become legally binding on the EU with the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon in December 2009.
In 2020, the EU charter of Fundamental Rights is turning 20 years old. We, seven different civil society organisations, based in eight different European countries, are celebrating and discussing these fundamental rights. We are looking at the charter from different perspective and discussing its relevance today.
In six different European Cities we are discussing the six different chapters in the EU charter; Dignity, Freedoms, Equality, Solidarity, Citizens’ Rights and Justice, and having a final event in Brussels, a year after the European Parliament Election.