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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2013
Question reference: E-009803/2013

There is no definition of ‘family’ or ‘family life’ in EU legislation, nor is there any proposal for such a definition currently before the Council. The difference between ‘family life’ and ‘private life’ has not been defined either.

If the Commission were to propose a definition of the concepts of ‘family’, ‘family life’ and ‘private life’, it would be up to the Commission to suggest the legal basis, which would then be examined in the Council, or the Council and the European Parliament.

Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights deals with the respect for private and family life: ‘Everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications.’</QT.END> The terms used here are the subject of interpretation by the Court of Justice and, as far as the corresponding provision of the European Convention of Human Rights is concerned, by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

OJ C 179, 12/06/2014
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