Europe’s Social Agenda: Why is the European Union Regulating Morality?
The paper examines the evolution of European Union’s activities and legislation in the area of social policy with special attention paid to financial programming in the areas of human life and sexuality. The author argues that since the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999 the EU has become an active agent of social change on the European continent. The EU has been active in funding programs aimed at changing prevailing religious and cultural attitudes with regards to human life and sexuality. The EU has also revised the human rights standards that have been operational in Europe under the European Convention of Human Rights in the new Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the European Union. The article points to dangers of the nascent bureaucratically imposed human rights regime for the effective protection of human dignity