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Parliament's place is in Strasbourg -

European Voice 17 March 2011 (France's European Minister Laurent Wauquiez): By voting to reduce the number of plenary sessions in Strasbourg, MEPs are reinforcing a harmful image of the European Union.



Brussels pushes common EU tax base -

EUObserver.com 17 March 2011: The European Commission on Wednesday (16 March) proposed a system where companies will be able to file just one tax return for the whole of the EU, a move that Brussels stresses would not infringe on states' ability to set their own corporate tax rates.



CAP reform: Hungary sees chances for agreement -

Hungarian Presidency 16 march 2011: There is a fair chance that Member States will reach an agreement on the common agricultural policy’s reform, Minister for Rural Development, Sándor Fazekas, told the Presidency’s website. He admitted that there are fierce debates over direct funding. On the other hand, ministers are unlikely to decide on GMO production, at their meeting on 17 March.



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1. The Union recognises the rights, freedoms and principles set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union of 7 December 2000, as adapted at Strasbourg, on 12 December 2007, which shall have the same legal value as the Treaties.

The provisions of the Charter shall not extend in any way the competences of the Union as defined in the Treaties.

The rights, freedoms and principles in the Charter shall be interpreted in accordance with the general provisions in Title VII of the Charter governing its interpretation and application and with due regard to the explanations referred to in the Charter, that set out the sources of those provisions.

2. The Union shall accede to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Such accession shall not affect the Union's competences as defined in the Treaties.

3. Fundamental rights, as guaranteed by the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and as they result from the constitutional traditions common to the Member States, shall constitute general principles of the Union's law.