About: rule of law

Politics 27-04-2022

Hungary: Commission officially launches procedure linking bloc funds to rule of law

The European Commission has started the procedure against Hungary because of long-standing concerns over persistent misuse of EU funds in the country, the institution announced on Wednesday (27 April).
Europe's East 05-04-2022

The EU should not turn a blind eye to Putinist methods at home

While the EU is right to reshuffle its policy priorities in the short term to respond to Russia’s war of aggression, European leaders should not turn a blind eye to democratic backsliding within our own borders in the name of unity against Russia, writes Sophie Pornschlegel.
Europe's East 04-03-2022

EU liberals leader: Ukraine no excuse for Polish rule of law problems

While the Polish government is portraying itself as a leader in the EU response to the war in Ukraine, problems with rule of law should not be ignored, said Stéphane Séjourné, leader of the liberals in the European Parliament.
Technology 03-03-2022

EU Parliament to launch investigative committee on Pegasus spyware

The launch of a committee to investigate the use of Pegasus spyware within the EU has been agreed to and is expected to be approved for action by the Parliament next week.

Poland urged to adopt law overhauling disciplinary chamber ‘soon’

Despite persisting concerns on the rule of law in Poland, the EU executive sees the country's plan to scrap its disciplinary chamber for judges as a “positive step”, but urges to adopt the law "soon."
Politics 18-02-2022

Tweets of the week: Scholz, Rule of Law, EU Africa Summit

It’s another big table as Sholz has to slum it, #RuleofLaw discourse continues to plummet, and leaders in town for EU Africa Summit.

EU top court quashes Hungary, Poland’s challenge to rule of law tool

The EU's top court dismissed on Wednesday (16 February) a legal challenge from Budapest and Warsaw to a recent EU law linking disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards, paving the way for the European Commission to launch proceedings against the two countries.

EU court to broadcast live landmark ruling on Poland and Hungary

The EU's highest court will rule Wednesday (16 February) on whether European Union funds can be slashed for member states flouting democratic standards, a case with major implications for Poland and Hungary.
Politics 11-02-2022

CoFoE: EU citizens demand wider protection under rule of law

Citizens contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), the EU's democracy engagement project, have made recommendations to widen the rule of law across member states.

MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld: Efforts to defend old system in Bulgaria don’t work

In an exclusive interview, MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld shared some insights from Thursday’s European Parliament Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group (DRFMG) session, which she chaired, where the Bulgarian Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev and the new Prime Minister Kiril Petkov were auditioned.

EU might propose freezing funds for Poland and Hungary before April

The European Commission could propose freezing European Union structural funds for Hungary and Poland over concerns for the rule of law before a Hungarian parliamentary election on 3 April, Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (25 January).

EU will demand Poland pay fines for disciplining judges

The European Union executive is set to demand that Poland pay around €70 million of fines in the coming weeks for failing to scrap a contentious system for disciplining judges, sources have told Reuters.
Enlargement 10-01-2022

EU support has done little for rule of law in bloc hopefuls, auditors say

Despite the substantial financial and expert resources invested into the Western Balkan countries hoping to join the EU, governments in the region are becoming more authoritarian, a new report published on Monday (10 January) by the EU finances watchdog found.
Politics 06-01-2022

What Germany has in store for Europe in 2022

The new German government has made reforming the EU, as well as its own economy and society, one of its top priorities. This year will show how fast and how much the ruling coalition wants to move and how well it will coordinate with its key ally France along the way.

Internal issues aside, Slovenia’s EU presidency a ‘success’

During its six-month EU presidency, Slovenia successfully led the process of adopting European legislation, but that has been somewhat overshadowed by concerns from Brussels about the rule of law in the country, analysts say.

Warsaw combative as EU starts infringement over constitutional court ruling

The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland on Wednesday (22 December) over rulings by the country's constitutional tribunal in July and October that challenged the primacy of EU law over national law.

France and Hungary set conciliatory tone as Macron visits Budapest

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (13 December) France was willing to "work together for Europe" with Hungary despite the countries' political differences, striking a conciliatory note as Paris prepares to take over the European Union's presidency.

How Poland blew its chance to get billions in EU recovery cash

The EU's Justice Commissioner received "brutal" treatment last month in Warsaw, a member of his delegation said, during talks aimed at defusing a dispute over the independence of Poland's judiciary that is blocking billions of euros in economic aid.
Politics 10-12-2021

Germany’s Baerbock attempts to square the circle with Poland

Germany's new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed the value of German-Polish friendship during her inaugural visit to Warsaw on Friday (10 December) but said it to have "intensive discussions" on the rule of law issues in its eastern neighbour.
Future EU 10-12-2021

Macron presents France’s EU Council presidency priorities

French President Emmanuel Macron gave an overview on Thursday (9 December) of the priorities France wants to pursue when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2022. Reforming the border-free Schengen area, setting up a European defence system and a new European model were among the priorities he outlined. EURACTIV France reports.

Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law

The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.

Poland makes ‘unprecedented’ challenge to European rights pact

Poland’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday (24 November) ruled that part of the European Convention on Human Rights was incompatible with the Polish constitution, in an unprecedented challenge against a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights. “The Constitutional Court...
Enlargement 16-11-2021

Commission compromising Rule of Law standards in the interest of Orban-Vucic axis

The last European Commission report on Serbia is a blatant example how the rule of law standards can be compromised under a Commissioner representing Viktor Orbán’s ideology, writes Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
Future EU 15-11-2021

How the Conference on the Future of Europe can still be saved

The Conference on the future of Europe is faltering, but EU institutions and member states can still save it. And they should, as it could be a key tool to re-engage the citizens, writes Nicoletta Pirozzi.