We are acknowledged as a unique and independent centre of reference and excellence for promoting and protecting human rights in the EU. We were created to help make Europe a better place to live and work. We help defend the fundamental rights of all people living in the EU.
Fundamental rights define minimum standards to ensure everyone is treated with dignity.
We help promote and protect these rights, including:
The charter is the European Union’s ‘bill of rights’.
Its 54 articles enshrine the fundamental rights enjoyed by everyone in the EU. The articles apply to the EU and to all Member States, when they act within EU law.
These fundamental rights belong to everyone, everywhere in the EU.
They reflect the founding values of the EU: human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity. They are enforced by democracy and the rule of law.
The charter respects the diversity of cultures and traditions across Europe.
The EU founded the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, as an independent body, to help make sure the charter is brought to life for everyone in the EU.