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Parliamentary questions
29 June 2011
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission

Regarding the so-called Benes decrees, as noted in the Commission's previous replies E‑1925/11, E‑6938/08, E‑4307/08, E‑4776/07 and E‑2238/04(1), historical acts, undertaken by the authorities of the former Czechoslovakia prior to accession and without continuing legal effects which would be contrary to Union law, cannot be subject to retroactive scrutiny.

As regards possible application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, according to its Article 51 paragraph 1, the provisions of the Charter are addressed to the Member States only when they are implementing Union law. On the basis of the information provided by the Honourable Member, it does not appear that the matter referred to is related to the implementation of EC law. In that matter it is thus for Member States alone to ensure that their obligations regarding fundamental rights — as resulting from international agreements and from their internal legislation — are respected. Therefore, the Commission is not in a position to comment further on the fundamental rights issues raised by the question of the Honourable Member.


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