Summary – Citizens Fundamental Rights: The EU Charter and its neglected Aspects
Workshop: Citizens Fundamental Rights: The EU Charter and its neglected Aspects
Jürgen Erdmenger and Daniel Schily
The Workshop focused on the question whether the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) could help ELIANT activists and others in their efforts for recognition of applied Anthroposophy in the EU legal system and policies. In his presentation Jürgen Erdmenger made it clear that the answer to the question is definitely yes. With the Treaty of Lisbon the CFR became part of EU constitutional law. The respect of the Charter in all Commission, Parliament and Council acts and initiatives is a binding legal requirement. Jürgen Erdmenger gave three examples of cases where ELIANT members could claim either that existing EU legislation infringed this requirement (nutrition, medicine) or that the Commission in its non-legislative initiatives would have to observe it (education).
The discussion turned around details of the given examples and the possibilities to refer to the CFR in order to widen freedom of choice for consumers of services and products based on anthroposophy. Good cooperation with other likeminded NGOs would be helpful. It was finally recommended to establish an ELIANT working group to study the usefulness of the Charter further, in particular with respect to legal details and well-founded arguments to be used in discussions with EU institutions.