It is the strongest punitive measure the EU has against its member states: Article 7. Since disciplinary measures were triggered against Poland for the first time in late 2017, the punitive Article 7 procedure has gained in notoriety.
The European Commission adopted on Tuesday a new framework to address systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU's 28 Member States.
The new framework establishes an early warning tool allowing the Commission to enter into a dialogue with the Member State concerned to prevent the escalation of systemic threats to the rule of law.
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