Fundamental Rights Report
Publication date:
06 June 2019

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in the EU: a matter of human and fundamental rights

This year’s focus explores the interrelationship between the human and fundamental rights framework and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the global Agenda 2030 in the context of Member States’ and the EU’s internal policies. It takes a closer look at the SDGs related to reducing inequality (SDG 10) and promoting peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16).

Handbook / Guide / Manual
Publication date:
23 October 2018 DE, HR, NL and PL versions now available 30 April 2020

Applying the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in law and policymaking at national level - Guidance

As a very modern human rights catalogue containing many rights not found in established bills of rights, the Charter indeed looks good on paper. Those familiar with the main principles of EU law can usually quickly recite that the Charter is always binding on the EU, and binding on Member States only when they are "implementing EU law". But what does this often-quoted language from Article 51 of the Charter actually mean?