The European Commission is one of the primary institutions of the European Union, and, as a legislative actor, strives daily for a balanced internal European cooperation and the strengthening of the international and transnational relations of the Union. As a completely independent instance, the EC proposes legislation that takes in consideration the short- and long-terms interests of the individual states as well as the goals and principles of the Union as a whole.
The Commission’s supranational autonomy is directly bound by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and, since its establishment in 1958, has been invested in promoting and protecting human rights on a European and national level.
While we do identify the need for the protection of human rights in the 21st century and have reiterated our commitment to apply and promote both the European Convention and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union throughout the digital age, we have full trust in what can be achieved through the correct interpretation and application of the afore-mentioned documents and the establishment of specialized legislation. Therefore the Commission, although it recognizes the noble motives behind and novel ideas expressed in the proposed document with the title “Charter of Digital Fundamental Rights of the European Union”, is sceptical towards its application and efficiency in the real world. Further reason supporting our stance on the matter, as well as possible alternatives to the proposal, shall be discussed below.