20 years of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
Dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights, justice. These are the most important personal rights that belong to everyone in the European Union. They are brought together in one legally binding document: the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. It was declared in 2000 and came into force in December 2009 along with the Treaty of Lisbon. Since then, the Charter has served as an essential tool in turning EU citizens’ rights into reality.