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Fundamental rights within the European Union

Human rights

The European Union (EU) attaches great importance internally to respect for human rights. Its human rights principles are set out in the Treaty on European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Based on initiatives and programmes such as Daphne and PROGRESS, the Union’s action focuses on combating discrimination, racism and xenophobia and on protecting vulnerable groups, such as children, women and minorities. The European Fundamental Rights Agency monitors respect for the Union’s core values. In particular, it provides assistance and expertise to Member States and the Union bodies implementing EU law on fundamental rights.

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