With the ratification of the EU Constitution continuing to make waves across
much of Europe, another important, but less well-documented issue, is being
discussed.

A recently established Commissioners Group on Fundamental Rights, Anti-Discrimination
and Equal Opportunities released its first initiative detailing plans to require
all new EU legislation to be systematically screened to ensure compatibility
with the Charter of Fundamental Human Rights. The Charter seeks to introduce
certain new rights, such as the right to engage in work and to pursue a freely
chosen or accepted occupation.

However, with 19 of the 25 Member States yet to ratify the Constitution (including
the UK), its future hangs still in the balance.

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