EU Balance of Competences Fundamental Rights Review

european_union_grunge_flag_by_think0The Ministry of Justice is calling for evidence on the Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union, specifically relating to fundamental rights. The consultation document is here and main website here.

The deadline for responses is 13 January 2014, but if you want to take part in one of the four discussion groups (three in London, one in Edinburgh), you need to email by tomorrow – all details below.

And don’t let the obscure-sounding title put you off. This review is potentially very important. Just look how broad question 1 is: 

What evidence is there that the impact of:
– the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (“the Charter”); – the EU’s broader framework of fundamental rights

has been advantageous or disadvantageous to individuals, business, the public sector or any other groups in the UK?

EU rights are steadily growing in importance, as we have featured on this blog a number of times. If the Human Rights Act is repealed or we leave the ECHR, they will be even more important. So if you or your organisation has any interest in rights protection in the UK, you should probably submit a response or attend a session.

Here is the press release:

Limited spaces – so make sure to book without delay

This month the Government launched its call for evidence for the Review of the Balance of Competence between the UK and the European Union on Fundamental Rights. To support the review and those wishing to participate, the Ministry of Justice is holding workshops in London and Edinburgh for anyone based in the UK who is keen to learn more.

Workshops are an opportunity to discuss the key issues and the scope of the Balance of Competences Fundamental Rights Review. Discuss the review with other interested groups or individuals and the Ministry of Justice team responsible for leading the review. Team members will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance with submitting evidence.

To attend, register your interest as soon as possible by emailing fundamentalrightsBoC@justice.gsi.gov.uk

London Workshops

Monday, 4 November 10.30am-12.30pm

Monday, 11 November 10.30am-12.30pm

Monday, 25 November 10.30am-12.30pm

Edinburgh Workshop

Wednesday, 20 November, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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