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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.

  • CJEU Case Avis 1/17/ Opinion
    Request for an opinion by the Kingdom of Belgium
    Decision date:
    29 Jan 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:72
  • Cyprus/ Supreme Court/ [2019] Civil application No. 3/19
    Re. the application of XXX Michael DT and CCC Michael DT.XXX for permit to file for a certiorari order
    Decision date:
    16 Jan 2019
    Deciding body type:
    National Court/Tribunal
    Deciding body:
    Supreme Court of Cyprus
  • CJEU Case C-516/17/ Opinion
    Spiegel Online GmbH v Volker Beck
    Decision date:
    10 Jan 2019
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Advocate General
    Type:
    Opinion
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2019:16
  • CJEU Case C-150/17 P / Judgment
    European Union v Kendrion NV
    Decision date:
    13 Dec 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (First Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Institutional affairs
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:1014
  • CJEU Case C-600/16 / Judgment
    National Iranian Tanker Company v Council of the European Union
    Decision date:
    29 Nov 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Fourth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Foreign and security policy
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:966
  • CJEU Case C-147/17 / Judgment
    Sindicatul Familia Constanţa and Others v Direcţia Generală de Asistenţă Socială şi Protecţia Copilului Constanţa
    Decision date:
    20 Nov 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Grand Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Employment and social policy
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:926
  • CJEU Case C-260/17 / Judgment
    Anodiki Services EPE v G.N.A. O Evangelismos – Ofthalmiatreio Athinon – Polykliniki and Geniko Ogkologiko Nosokomeio Kifisias – (GONK) 'Oi Agioi Anargyroi'
    Decision date:
    25 Oct 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Ninth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:864
  • CJEU Case C-234/17 / Judgment
    XC and Others v Generalprokuratur.
    Decision date:
    24 Oct 2018
    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:2018:853
  • CJEU Case C-149/17 / Judgment
    Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG v Michael Strotzer
    Decision date:
    18 Oct 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Third Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Information society
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:841
  • CJEU Case C-384/17 / Judgment
    Dooel Uvoz-Izvoz Skopje Link Logistic N&N v Budapest Rendőrfőkapitánya
    Decision date:
    04 Oct 2018
    Deciding body type:
    Court of Justice of the European Union
    Deciding body:
    Court (Fifth Chamber)
    Type:
    Decision
    Policy area:
    Taxation
    ECLI (European case law identifier):
    ECLI:EU:C:2018:810

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