On 14 April 2014, the European Commission published its 2013 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The report finds that at national level, judges are becoming more aware of the Charter’s impact and seek guidance from the Court on its application and interpretation under the preliminary rulings procedure.
The EU institutions must go further than merely respecting the legal requirements following from the Charter. They must continue fulfilling the political task of promoting a fundamental rights culture for all, citizens, economic actors and public authorities alike. The fact that the Commission has received more than 3 000 letters from the general public regarding the respect of fundamental rights indicates that individuals are aware of their rights and demand respect for them. The Commission supports their endeavours.