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TITLE I - PROVISIONS OF GENERAL APPLICATION
The Union shall ensure consistency between the policies and activities referred to in this Part, taking all of its objectives into account and in accordance with the principle of conferral of powers.
In all the activities referred to in this Part, the Union shall aim to eliminate inequalities, and to promote equality, between women and men.
In defining and implementing the policies and actions referred to in this Part, the Union shall take into account requirements linked to the promotion of a high level of employment, the guarantee of adequate social protection, the fight against social exclusion, and a high level of education, training and protection of human health.
In defining and implementing the policies and activities referred to in this Part, the Union shall aim to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.
Environmental protection requirements must be integrated into the definition and implementation of the policies and activities referred to in this Part, in particular with a view to promoting sustainable development.
Consumer protection requirements shall be taken into account in defining and implementing other Union policies and activities.
In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the requirements of animal welfare, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.
Without prejudice to Articles I-5, III-166, III-167 and III-238, and given
the place occupied by services of general economic interest as services to which
all in the Union attribute value as well as their role in promoting its social
and territorial cohesion, the Union and the Member States, each within their
respective competences and within the scope of application of the Constitution,
shall take care that such services operate on the basis of principles and conditions,
in particular economic
and financial conditions, which enable them to fulfil their missions. European laws shall establish these principles and set these conditions without prejudice to the competence of Member States, in compliance with the Constitution, to provide, to commission and to fund such services.