Recommended reading: report 2003 of the EU network on fundamental rights
The EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights published their 2003 report. The network has been set up by the European Commission, upon request of the European Parliament. Since 2002, it monitors the situation of fundamental rights in the Member States and in the Union, on the basis of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The report covers a wide range of fundamental rights and raises for example concern about the use of biometric identifiers and the transmission of Passenger Names Records. It also criticises control over state media in Italy and Poland. The section on freedom of expression however, lacks reference to the internet and notice-and-takedown procedures.
Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2003 (01.2004) http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/cfr_cdf/doc/report_eu_2003_en.pdf
Synthesis report: conclusions and recommendations on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union and its member states in 2003 (04.02.2004) http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/cfr_cdf/doc/synthesis_report_2003_en.pdf
Thematic comment n.2: fundamental rights in the external activities of the European Union in the fields of justice and asylum and immigration in 2003 (04.02.2004) http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/cfr_cdf/doc/thematic_comments_2003_en.pdf