The Rights and Citizenship Programme is the successor of three 2007-2013 programmes, namely Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Daphne III, and the Sections “Antidiscrimination and Diversity” and “Gender Equality” of the Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS).
The goal of the Programme is to contribute to the creation of an area, where the rights of persons, as enshrined in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, are promoted and protected. In particular, this Programme should promote the rights deriving from European citizenship, the principles of non-discrimination and equality between women and men, the right to the protection of personal data, the rights of the child, the rights deriving from the Union consumer legislation and from the freedom to conduct a business in the internal market.
The Programme promotes the effective implementation of the principles of non discrimination on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, including equality between women and men and the rights of persons with disabilities and of the elderly. It also empowers consumers and businesses to trade and purchase in trust by enforcing the rights deriving from the European Union consumer legislation, and by supporting the freedom to conduct business in the internal market through cross-border transactions.