138. Interpretation of the EU Charter.

The EU Charter1 is tied into the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and Charter rights that correspond with rights under the European Convention on Human Rights2 have the same meaning, although they can be interpreted to provide more protection3. Insofar as the Charter recognises fundamental rights as they result from the constitutional traditions common to the member states, those rights must be interpreted in harmony with those traditions4.

The explanations drawn up as a way of providing guidance in the interpretation of the Charter (an accompanying document identifying where the Charter rights came from and making reference