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2011 Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. COM (2012) 169 final, 16 April 2012

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION Brussels, 16.4.2012 COM(2012) 169 final REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS 2011 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights {SWD(2012) 84 final} {SWD(2012) 85 final} EN 2 EN REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS 2011 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights 1. INTRODUCTION Two years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union1 (the 'Charter') has become a point of reference commonly used in the development of EU policies. This momentum has been triggered by the Lisbon Treaty. After its entry into force, the Commission adopted a Strategy on the effective implementation of the Charter ('Charter Strategy')2 setting an objective that the EU sets a good example as regards the respect of fundamental rights when the Union legislates. The Commission further committed to preparing annual reports to better informing citizens on the application of the Charter and to measuring progress in its implementation. Both the Charter Strategy and the first Annual report on the application of the Charter have triggered discussions in the European Parliament, in the Council as well as in the Committee of Regions and in the European Economic and Social Committee. The Charter is of great interest not only to EU institutions but also to the general public: according to a recent Eurobarometer survey3 two-thirds of respondents across the EU are interested in learning more about their rights as enshrined by the Charter (66%), where to go if they feel that these rights have been violated (65%) and when the Charter applies and when it does not (60%). This report aims to address this wish to be bett

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