ELIANT stands for people who want to live in a Europe that is culturally diverse with freedom of choice:

in questions of education, the economy, social reform, organic agriculture, and complementary and integrative medicine.

Citizens Fundamental Rights: The EU Charter and its Neglected Aspects

This workshop in support of ELIANT's objectives aims to stimulate deeper understanding of the legal context of fundamental rights in Europe. These were referred to in the ELIANT Charta of 2006 and in the ELIANT Memorandum of 2011, but have until now never been scrutinised by ELIANT in connection with the Lisbon Treaty.

With the coming into force of this Treaty on December 1st 2009 the European Charter of Fundamental Rights entered European law on the level of the treaties themselves[1]. This means in effect that the charter has become part of the EU constitution.

The team running ELIANT can therefore now develop a legal argument based on European law to support the implementation of its strategy towards European institutions. It can refer to a number of basic rights enshrined in the charter to support ELIANT's campaigning efforts with politicians and law makers. Foremost among these are Art.1: Human dignity, Art.13: Freedom of the arts and sciences, Art.15: Freedom to choose an occupation[2]. Drawing on examples taken from the fields of agriculture, medicine and education, the workshop aims to show how such a legal argument can be developed.

[1] See Art. 6 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU), amended by the Lisbon Treaty.
[2] The following are also stated: Art. 3: Right to personal integrity, Art. 14: Right to education, Art. 16: Freedom to conduct a business, Art. 20: Equality before the law, Art. 35: Health care, Art. 37: Environmental protection, Art. 38: Consumer protection.


Jürgen Erdmenger

Jürgen Erdmenger (Former Director, European Commission)

Dr. Jürgen Erdmenger was born on 14 October 1933. He has a degree in Law and has earned his doctorate in Hamburg 1962, with a thesis on European law. For more than twenty years he has served as director in the General Directorate for Transport of the European Commission in Brussels. In 1964 Dr. Erdmenger received the official price of the European Communities for outstanding academic performance in European integration. 1994-2001 he hold a lectureship at the University of Cologne regarding European Transport Policy. He is advisor in the non-governmental sector. He is married and has two daughters.

Michaela Glöckler

Michaela Glöckler (Dr. med. Dr.h.c., Goetheanum/Switzerland)

Dr. Michaela Glöckler, born 1946 in Stuttgart. 1965-1971 Academic Studies in the fields of history, philosophy, catholic theology, German Literature in Freiburg and Heidelberg Universities/ Germany. 1972-1978 Academic Medical Studies in Tuebingen and Marburg Universities/ Germany. 1979-1988 Specialty Training in Paediatrics and Publication of «Guide to Child's Health» together with Wolfgang Goebel, director of Department of Pediatrics, Community Hospital Herdecke/ Germany. Medical practice and Adviser at Rudolf Steiner Schools, world-wide lecturing and seminar activities regarding to primary prevention, medical and pedagogical topics, lifestyle, healthy aging, self-management. Various publications.

1988-2016 Head of the Medical Section, Goetheanum/ School of Spiritual Science, Dornach/ Switzerland. International coordination of the Anthroposophic Medical Movement. Emphasis on research, training, public health and empowerment of the civil society. Co-founder of the Alliance ELIANT.

Daniel Schily

Daniel Schily (Chief Executive Officer of Democracy International e.V.)

Daniel Schily is one of the co-founders of Democracy International. His activism for direct democracy dates back more than 25 years.
In 1988 Daniel Schily established with others the German democracy organisation Mehr Demokratie. Since then he has dedicated his life to realising more direct democracy and citizens' participation in Germany and at global level. Daniel Schily is married with three daughters and one son. He studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany.