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Rule of law

Event date: 09/01/2020

Rule of law

Under Article 2 TEU, the EU is founded on the shared values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights.

Article 7 TEU establishes two mechanisms (preventive and sanctioning mechanisms) to enforce European Union values in cases of systemic violations and to sanction Member States departing from them. The sanctions mechanism empowers the Council to suspend certain membership rights of a Member State, including voting rights in the Council in cases of a 'serious and persistent breach' of EU values (Article 7(2) TFEU)’. However, these mechanisms require a high decision-making threshold in the Council and in the European Parliament (when Parliament is called to participate) and rely heavily on Member States’ willingness to take action.

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News history

In Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Members vote on the Vote on The impact of Covid-19 measures on democracy, fundamental rights and rule of law, in the European Parliament Brussels.

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MEPs debate the watering down the proposed mechanism that should make EU financing conditional upon respect of rule of law.

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MEPs debate the legislative initiative targeting “autocratic and illiberal tendencies” and “corruption, disinformation and state capture” in EU countries

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Johan VAN OVERTVELDT (ECR, BE), Chair of BUDG Committee gives a press conference before MEPs participate in the plenary session to warn against diluting the proposed mechanism which should make EU funding conditional on respect for the rule of law

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Members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) hold an exchange of views with Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, on the need for a conditionality clause in the next Multiannual Financial Framework on Democracy, Rule of Law and fundamental rights

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MEPs debate the progress made by EU ministers in determining whether rule of law is at risk in Hungary and Poland

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