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Individuals, private and family life, personal data

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This impact area refers to the rights and freedoms of individuals and families. Justice, fundamental rights and citizenship policies are based on Europeans' most cherished values and principles, such as democracy, freedom, tolerance and the rule of law. In today's Europe, millions of citizens are involved in cross-border situations - either in their private lives, through their work or studies, or as consumers.
In order to realize the free movement of individuals, the European Union strives towards practical solutions to cross-border problems, so that citizens feel at ease about living, travelling and working in another Member State and trust that their rights are protected no matter where in the European Union they happen to be.
To this end, the Directorate General seeks to promote and enforce the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: such as personal data protection, the rights of the child, the rights laid down in Chapter VI of the Charter, like the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial, as well as the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

This impact area is further specified by the taxonomy terms: Administrative Burden for Citizens, Protection of Privacy and Personal Data, Liberty Rights, Citizens' Right to Free Movement, Family Life and Safety, Children´s Rights, Personal Data.

Relevant Policies

The Stockholm Programme provides a roadmap for European Union (EU) work in the area of justice, freedom and security for the period 2010-14.
The Hague Programme explicates how to strengthen the area of freedom, security and justice within the European Union and outlines 10 priorities for the next five years.
The Charter of Fundamental Rights recognises a range of personal, civil, political, economic and social rights of EU citizens and residents, enshrining them into EU law.
The Schengen area and cooperation are founded on the Schengen Agreement of 1985. The Schengen area represents a territory where the free movement of persons is guaranteed.
For more detailled information regarding EU policies on Justice, Freedom and Security, please check here .

Legal Basis for the Commission to Act

Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union: Chapter IV of the Charta
Personal data protection, the rights of the child, the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial, as well as the rights of persons belonging to minorities are only some examples of the guidelines established in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. This Charter deals with the basic rights of individuals, private and family life and personal data and can therefore be seen as a legal basis for the Commission to act.

Web Resources

Charter of Fundamental Rights


Please link to relevant Directorate General Contact Details.

Administrative Burden for Citizens

Protection of Privacy and Personal Data

Liberty Rights

Citizens' Right to Free Movement

Family Life and Safety

Children´s Rights

Personal Data

Publications and applications

Content for this term

Title Type Updated date
Individuals, Private and Family Life, Personal Data Impact Area 2013-11-01 14:50
Mari Jüssi Expert 2014-03-17 12:26