The consolidation of the rule of law and respect for human rights, as well as preservation of peace and the strengthening of international security - in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and as provided for in Article 11 of the Treaty of the EU - are of fundamental importance to, and a priority for the Union.
The European Union is a staunch supporter of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The principles of the Rome Statute of the ICC, as well as those governing its functioning, are fully in line with the principles and objectives of the Union. The serious crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC are of high concern for the European Union, which is committed to co-operate for the prevention of such crimes and to put an end to the impunity of the perpetrators.
A cooperation agreement signed in 2006 also obliges the EU and its members to assist the ICC, for example by passing on classified information. At an international level, the EU frequently includes a binding clause in agreements with third countries, requiring them to work with the ICC.