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Lokalne i regionalne vlasti i višerazinska zaštita vladavine prava i temeljnih prava u EU-u

Opinion Number: CDR 4527/2014
Rapporteur: VAN DEN BRANDE Luc
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 12/02/2015
To highlight the importance of ensuring maximum protection of the fundamental rights at all levels of governance;
To underline the role the local and regional authorities can play in protecting and applying fundamental rights and freedoms at all instances.

 wholeheartedly welcomes the Commission framework aiming at protection of the rule of law on the basis of mutual trust between Member States and between them and European citizens;

 believes that the principles of the rule of law and resultant practices are essential for giving concrete form to democracy and safeguarding human rights;

 feels that multi-level governance makes it possible to address a possible threat of the rule of law in a concrete situation and compensate for a number of shortcomings, including a lack of information, capacity, financial resources, administrative options and political impact by involving local and regional authorities in the surveillance and implementation of the principles of the rule of law in the EU;

 points out that local and regional authorities (LRAs) are on the front line, directly facing the challenges and problems that may affect rule of law procedures and thus the enforceability of certain fundamental rights arising from day to day in many fields. The special role of the LRAs comes also from their expertise, which allows them to identify possible systemic threats to the rule of law at an early stage;

 points out that LRAs are the first authorities to encounter problems when fundamental rights are not properly implemented under national policy. They deal with individuals, groups or "categories" who are the first affected by infringements of rule-of-law principles and restrictions of fundamental rights;

 LRAs have not only a "reactive" responsibility but also an active and dynamic one in giving content to the rule of law according to their own competences with regard not just to civil and political rights, but also to economic and social ones (education, employment, health, welfare and housing);

 encourages LRAs to take specific actions, including fostering public debate, setting up information points, putting in place an alert system, strengthening the capabilities of all stakeholders, etc.;

- makes proposals that aim to contribute to the protection of the rule of law in the EU, such as a general European awareness-raising campaign or concluding a tripartite agreement with the Congress of the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) based on the EU Framework on fundamental rights proposed by FRA.



CoR Plenary Session

The opinion CDR 4527/2014 is adopted at the CoR plenary session

11 Feb

CoR Plenary Session

A debate took place between V-ce President Timmermans at the CoR plenary session

11 Feb

European Commission

Rapporteur was a speaker at the Commission's conference on "The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: assessing and responding to the training needs of legal practitioners and public officials"

16 Dec

CoR Commission activity

Publication of a booklet "Making rights real – a guide for local and regional authorities" in cooperation with the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

02 Dec

CoR Commission activity

Rapporteur took part in a topical debate on the protection of the rule of law at the joint meeting of the CIVEX commission and the Congress' Governance Committee

16 Nov

CoR Commission activity


CIVEX commission appoints Mr Luc Van den Brande (BE /EPP) as rapporteur for the opinion on " Local and regional authorities in the multilevel protection of the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU"

30 Jun

European Commission

publication of a communication "A new EU Framework to strengthen the Rule of Law"

10 Mar
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