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"Madam President, the need for a binding charter is more a political than a legal issue, but this does not detract from its significance. Fundamental rights are of secondary importance in treaties these days. If they are included at all, this is done so in a completely chaotic format. This is unacceptable, certainly if Europe professes to be a Community of values. Therefore the charter must guarantee the citizen protection against the breaches of increasingly widening supra-national legislation. The ECHR should apply as a minimum standard with specific European Union rights added to it. Needless to say, we need to do everything possible to leave national constitutions intact as much as possible but it cannot be ruled out that it will affect these constitutions. After all, the charter must be able to form the basis for new fundamental rights if so necessitated by social developments. Finally, Madam President, it is essential for the European Union to accede to the European Convention on Human Rights, for Strasbourg must become stronger, not weaker."@en1

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