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Justice and fundamental rights

EU citizens have a right to live in any EU country and can cross borders with ease. The Commission wants to build an EU area of justice, making it easier for citizens to exercise their rights and allow businesses to make full use of the single market


International gender equality

International cooperation sets gender equality as one of the priority areas to improve living conditions of women and children around the world.

International human rights

Human rights are defended by political dialogue with countries, aid, development policy and participation in multilateral forums like the United Nations.

EU citizenship

EU citizens right to free movement, electoral rights and consular protection.

Civil justice

The EU has put in place a number of measures designed to help citizens with cross-border litigation.

Criminal justice

The EU wants to build an area of criminal justice, where fair trial rights for citizens are protected and police, prosecutors and judges work together.

Digitalisation of justice

Digitalisation of justice systems aims to give a new push for European democracy in line with the political priority of a Europe fit for the digital age.

Data protection

Overview of the right to protection of personal data, reform of rules and the data protection regulation and directive.

Upholding the rule of law

The EU addresses effective justice through systems, the rule of law, the EU justice scoreboard and national justice systems.

Combatting discrimination

Tackling discrimination and racism, gender equality and equal pay rules, actions on Roma integration and LGBTI equality

Rights of the child

All EU policies that have an impact on children must be designed in line with the best interests of the child.

Gender equality

Closing the gender pay gap, advancing gender balance in politics and business, ending gender-based violence, international gender equality.


Commissioner   Didier Reynders, Helena Dalli
Departments:    Justice and Consumers