About: rule of law

Polish justice minister says Warsaw cannot comply with EU’s court ruling

Poland's justice minister said on Wednesday (21 July) it was not possible to comply with a ruling by the top European Union court that the country's new system for disciplining judges broke EU law and should be suspended.
Digital & Media 21-07-2021

Commission to look into Pegasus affair, Reynders says

The European Commission has decided to launch an investigation on the surveillance of EU journalists as the bloc reels from the Pegasus Project revelations released over the weekend that governments had used military spyware to intercept communications. “We are starting...

EU wants reforms before approving Hungary’s recovery plan

The European Commission won't approve Hungary's recovery plan until it carries out judicial reform and guarantees that corruption cases are investigated, justice commissioner Didier Reynders said in an interview published on Tuesday.

Commission struggles to defend usefulness of its rule of law report

Despite increasingly common violations of basic democratic standards, top EU officials say that the Commission's freshly released second annual rule of law report helps prevent future headaches, while critics warn that summaries of problems can do little to resolve deepening crises within the bloc.
Eastern Europe 20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.

Legal split looms between EU and Poland, Brussels ‘deeply concerned’

As the EU's highest court and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal remained at loggerheads over bloc law, the European Commission warned Warsaw on Thursday (15 July) it would act to ensure that member states respect the precedence of EU law over their national systems.
Elections 09-07-2021

Slavi the showman in pole position in Bulgarian election race

The anti-elite party “There is such a people”, founded by Bulgaria's popular TV showman Slavi Trifonov, is in pole position ahead of Sunday’s (11 July) snap parliamentary elections. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Non-discrimination 07-07-2021

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday (7 July) warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounts on Brussels to cut EU funding to Budapest.
Enlargement 06-07-2021

Analysis: Vucic’s balancing act with the EU

Serbia's progress towards the EU should not be expected as long as Aleksandar Vučić is the most powerful politician in the country, writes Darko Čačić, in an article he submitted to EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Enlargement 18-06-2021

EU-Serbia: A stagnation comfortable for both sides

No progress in Serbia’s EU integration process appears to be a solution that fits both the EU side which is increasingly critical toward the authoritarian trends in Belgrade and the lack of progress with Kosovo, and the ruling bloc in Belgrade which doesn’t see EU relations as important for its voters, writes BETA agency.

The Parliament and the Rule of Law: an elephant in a china shop

The European Parliament is going beyond its mandate in its pursuit of punishment for Hungary, writes Judit Varga.
Digital & Media 11-06-2021

Campaign group flags judicial interference in journalist cases in Serbia and Montenegro

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) flagged on Friday (11 June) two instances where key judiciary figures interfered with legal proceedings in cases involving two investigative journalists in Serbia and Montenegro.
Politics 11-06-2021

EU Parliament threatens to sue European Commission over rule of law

The EU Parliament on Thursday (10 June) threatened the European Commission with a lawsuit for failing to use the bloc's new rule of law powers to hold back recovery cash from Poland and Hungary.
03-06-2021

‘Deadline elapsed’: MEPs vow to sue Commission over failing to apply rule of law regulation

The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament pledged on Wednesday (2 May) to seek a majority in the legislative’s plenary sitting next week to sue the European executive for failing to apply a rule tying disbursement of EU...
Enlargement 02-06-2021

Leaked paper sheds light on poor rule of law, media situation in Serbia

The print media in Serbia that most often violate the journalistic code of professional conduct continue to be the beneficiaries of public funding, warned an internal EU paper obtained by EURACTIV that painted a bleak picture of the EU candidate country's democratic record.
Politics 31-05-2021

The decision on who should lead the EU’s Warsaw office is crucial

The next Head of the European Commission in Warsaw needs to be a political heavyweight, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

COVID recovery money comes with strings attached, say EU officials

Tough control mechanisms will allow the EU to claw back misspent funds from the bloc’s ambitious Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), EU officials said at an event organised by EURACTIV on Tuesday (25 May).

Impasse deepens in Poland over new ombudsman

Poland's Senate on Thursday (13 May) rejected the latest candidate for the politically sensitive role of national ombudsman, deepening an impasse that has pitted the ruling conservative party against opponents who say it is eroding democratic rights.
Enlargement 27-04-2021

Serbia’s Vucic ‘treating the EU as if stupid were its middle name’

Serbian President Alexandar Vučić deflected EU criticism on the worsening situation of rule of law and media freedom in his country, with the help of media under his control. EURACTIV looked at the real picture.

EU takes Poland to court over law ‘undermining’ judges

The European Commission said on Wednesday (31 March) it is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over a reform it says undermines the country's judicial independence. Poland brushed it off, saying it had "no legal or factual justification".

Commission may face trouble over rule of law conditionality guidelines

The European Commission faces a tight deadline to present its rule of law guidelines following the European Parliament's move to hurry along the application of the regulation that ties the disbursement of bloc funds to the rule of law situation in EU countries.
Future EU 23-03-2021

Fidesz and the EPP are now at a crossroads

The EPP lacks diversity and vision regarding the Conference on the Future of Europe and unless it rethinks its role in European politics, it will gravitate towards the Left, writes László Trócsányi.

Hungary, Poland refer controversial rule of law mechanism to court

Hungary and Poland have launched legal action at the European Court of Justice (EJC) against the regulation tying the disbursement of bloc funds to the rule of law situation in EU countries, the court said on Thursday (11 March).

EU court tells Polish judges to ignore national laws breaking bloc law

Judges applying to join Poland’s Supreme Court should have the right to appeal against the opinions of a body which reviews candidates, the EU’s top court said on Tuesday (2 March), underlining a rift over the rule of law between Warsaw and Brussels.