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Article 52 - Scope and interpretation

1. Any limitation on the exercise of the rights and freedoms recognised by this Charter must be provided for by law and respect the essence of those rights and freedoms. Subject to the principle of proportionality, limitations may be made only if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others.
2. Rights recognised by this Charter for which provision is made in the Treaties shall be exercised under the conditions and within the limits defined by those Treaties.
3. In so far as this Charter contains rights which correspond to rights guaranteed by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the meaning and scope of those rights shall be the same as those laid down by the said Convention. This provision shall not prevent Union law providing more extensive protection.
4. In so far as this Charter recognises fundamental rights as they result from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States, those rights shall be interpreted in harmony with those traditions.
5. The provisions of this Charter which contain principles may be implemented by legislative and executive acts taken by institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, and by acts of Member States when they are implementing Union law, in the exercise of their respective powers. They shall be judicially cognisable only in the interpretation of such acts and in the ruling on their legality.
6. Full account shall be taken of national laws and practices as specified in this Charter.
7. The explanations drawn up as a way of providing guidance in the interpretation of this Charter shall be given due regard by the courts of the Union and of the Member States.

  • Finland/ Supreme Administrative Court/ KHO:2019:98 Decision no. 3712; 189/3/18, 193/3/18, 195/3/18, 213/3/18, 220/3/18, 223/3/18, 235/3/18, 247/3/18 and 261/3/18
    Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, Oy Matkahuolto Ab, the Finnish Bus and Coach Association and seven coach companies; appeal against the decision of the Market Court
    Decision date:
    20 Aug 2019
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Supreme Administrative Court
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Competition
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:FI:KHO:2019:98
  • Bulgaria/ Supreme Administrative Court/ [2019] 11036/2017
    Association Civic Control – Animal Protection (СНЦ „Граждански контрол – защита на животните“) and Mr G.S. vs Ms A.D.
    Decision date:
    05 Aug 2019
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Supreme Administrative Court
  • CJEU Case C-469/17/ Judgment
    Funke Medien NRW GmbH v Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    Decision date:
    29 Jul 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Grand Chamber
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:623
  • CJEU Case C-619/18 / Jugdment
    European Commission v Poland
    Decision date:
    24 Jun 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Grand Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:531
  • CJEU Case C-235/17 / Judgment
    European Commission v Hungary
    Decision date:
    21 May 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Grand Chamber
    Type:
    Decision
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:432
  • CJEU Case C-230/18 / Judgment
    PI v Landespolizeidirektion Tirol
    Decision date:
    08 May 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Sixth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Enterprise
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:383
  • Estonia/ Supreme Court/ 5-19-30
    Romeo Kalda v. National Electoral Committee (Vabariigi Valimiskomisjon)
    Decision date:
    03 May 2019
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Supreme Court of Estonia (Constitutional Review Chamber)
  • CJEU Case T-737/17/ Judgment
    Francis Wattiau v European Parliament
    Decision date:
    30 Apr 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Ninth Chamber
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:T:2019:273
  • CJEU Case C-324/17/ Opinion
    Criminal proceedings against Ivan Gavanozov
    Decision date:
    11 Apr 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    Policy area:
    Justice, freedom and security
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:312
  • CJEU Case T-11/17/ Judgment
    RK v Council of European Union
    Decision date:
    07 Feb 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Second Chamber
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:T:2019:65

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