Values and rights, rule of law, security
#TheFutureIsYours Looking after citizens’ freedoms
Looking after citizens’ freedoms
Rule of law allows us to guarantee fundamental rights and values and support an investment-friendly business environment. It is one of the core values on which the European Union is based.
The EU ensures laws are respected and supports the equality of all citizens. This means we are actively protecting human rights, the rights of victims and children, and combatting racism and religious discrimination. It means promoting justice and gender equality, the rights of the LGBTIQ+ communities and those with disabilities.
At the same time, we must help protect Europeans from acts of terrorism and crime.
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What is the EU doing?
The European Union has set out concrete measures to strengthen our capacity to promote and uphold the rule of law. We monitor the rule of law in all EU countries and have adopted a new ‘rule of law framework’.
The EU constantly works to tackle inequalities in our Union, for example through the EU Gender Equality Strategy, the Anti-Racism Action Plan or the LGBTIQ Equality Strategy. These actions build upon anti-discrimination rights established in the Charter of Fundamental Rights that prohibit any discrimination based on any ground such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, as well as ethnic or social origin.
Over the last 5 decades, the EU has put in place a robust set of policies and rules to ensure a high level of protection and rights for consumers. The New Consumer Agenda safeguards those rights while protecting and empowering consumers.
The new EU Security Union Strategy provides the tools and measures that ensure security in our physical and digital environments. Its 4 strategic priorities for action are: a future-proof security environment, tackling evolving threats, protecting Europeans from terrorism and organised crime, and a strong security ecosystem.
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