About fundamental rights

What are fundamental rights ?

Fundamental rights set out minimum standards to ensure that a person is treated with dignity. Whether this is the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of your age, disability or ethnic background, the right to the protection of your personal data, or the right to get access to justice, these rights should all be respected, promoted and protected.

The European Union (EU) Member States have a long tradition of safeguarding fundamental rights. The EU itself is built on these values and is committed to guaranteeing the rights proclaimed in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) was set up as an independent body to support this endeavour.

Despite this heritage, many challenges prevent the delivery in practice of fundamental rights. Through the collection and analysis of data in the EU, the FRA assists EU institutions and EU Member States in understanding and tackling these challenges. Working in partnership with the EU institutions, the EU Member States and other organisations at the international, European and national levels, the FRA plays an important role in helping to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone living in the EU.