About: rule of law

Politics 22-10-2021

Tweets of the Week: Football Ad, Poland Debate, Swearing Interpreter

Fitfor55 video is definitely daring, Poland debate was seriously wearing, but nothing beats an interpreter swearing. And speaking of FitFor55, the European Commission published this promo video this week. There will be no extra time to stop climate change. ⁰Team...
Politics 22-10-2021

EU leaders offer no way out of Polish rule of law crisis

EU leaders failed to offer a way forward on Poland's challenge on European legal order in a "serene" discussion that barely lasted two hours on Thursday (21 October), a relatively short meeting by EU summit standards.
Future EU 21-10-2021

AS IT HAPPENED: EU leaders make meagre progress on energy, migration, Poland

Leaders of the EU-27 came together on 21-22 October for a summit dominated by a debate about Poland, whose increasingly defiant stance on rule of law and the role of Brussels has challenged the fundamentals of EU order and put the bloc to a serious test.

European Parliament lawyers up for rule of law battle with the Commission

Following a long will-they-won't-they saga, European Parliament President David Sassoli announced on Wednesday (20 October) his institution will sue the European Commission if it fails to trigger the regulation linking EU funds to rule of law before 2 November.

Polish PM remains defiant, demands dialogue and legal changes

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stood firm on Warsaw's challenge to the primacy of EU law and accused the EU of overstepping its competences in an emotionally charged speech before the European Parliament on Tuesday (19 October).

Time for some perspective: The Polish court was not controversial

Despite the outcry among liberal elites following last week's Polish court ruling, the EU treaties clearly set out the boundaries between national constitutions and EU law. It's time for some perspective, writes Judit Varga.

Poland passes law allowing migrants to be pushed back at border

Poland's parliament on Thursday (14 October) passed a legal amendment allowing migrants to be pushed back at the border and for asylum claims made by those who entered illegally to be ignored.
Non-discrimination 15-10-2021

Amidst pandemic, rule of law deteriorates in over half the world

The World Justice Project (WJP) has released the 2021 edition of the annual Rule of Law Index, which evaluates 139 countries and jurisdiction areas. The latest index demonstrates multi-year negative trends in the rule of law, some of which have been aggravated by the pandemic.
Elections 12-10-2021

Jourova: EU ‘will start collapsing’ unless it takes on Polish challenge

The European Union "will start collapsing" unless it challenges a ruling by Poland's top court that national legislation trumps European laws, Commission Vice President Věra Jourová said on Monday (11 October).
Elections 08-10-2021

Poland’s PiS party is pushing the country towards EU exit, EPP warns

The centre-right European People's Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, sounded the alarm on Thursday (7 October), warning that Poland's ruling party is pushing the country towards ‘Polexit’.

Slovenia PM accuses Brussels of exceeding powers over rule of law

Janez Janša, the prime minister of Slovenia, which currently holds the six-month rotating EU Council presidency, has accused the European Commission of political abuse over the rule of law.

Polish court rules against supremacy of EU law, deepening row with Brussels

Poland's highest court ruled on Thursday (7 October) that parts of EU treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution, challenging a key tenet of European integration in a sharp escalation of a dispute between Brussels and Warsaw.

Hungary hits out at Brussels’ funding ‘blackmail’

The Hungarian government on Tuesday (28 September) condemned what it termed Brussels' "blackmail" over the allocation of EU funding as differences between the eastern member and the European Union institutions deepen.

Civil society calls for transparency in Commission’s rule of law report

62 organisations have complained about a lack of transparency, tight deadlines, and limited scope of the European Commission's annual report assessing the rule of law situation in the EU Member States.
Energy 21-09-2021

Poland refuses to close disputed coal mine despite EU court penalty

Poland vowed to keep its disputed Turów coal mine running despite being hit with a €500,000 daily penalty for defying an earlier court ruling to halt operations on Monday (20 September).

Commission acknowledges its Bulgaria failures

The European Commission acknowledged for the first time on Thursday (16 September) that it had not done enough to help fight high-level corruption in Bulgaria. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports
15-09-2021

The State of the Union speech explained by EURACTIV

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast is coming to you with a special episode focusing on the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s annual State of the Union speech. The president addressed the key issues on the EU...
Future EU 14-09-2021

The fate of the Union

The state of the European Union address must become a real democratic exercise. And that requires an assertive European Parliament prepared to hold the Commission president to account, writes Sophie In't Veld.

Commission ups the ante, asks court for financial penalties against Poland

In a highly unusual move in its ongoing legal spat with Poland, the European Commission asked the top EU court on Tuesday (8 September) to impose a daily financial penalty for Warsaw's non-compliance with temporary measures European judges put in place in July.

Commission says it is holding up recovery money for Poland

Poland's challenge to the primacy of European Union law over national law is holding up the release of €57 billion in EU recovery funds to Warsaw, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday (1 September).
Digital & Media 31-08-2021

Jourová meets Polish PM amid tension on rule of law, media freedom

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, visited Poland on Monday and Tuesday (30-31 August), as tensions remain high over rule of law and media freedom in the biggest eastern member state.

EP presses ahead to sue Commission for dragging its feet on rule of law

The main organisational body of the European Parliament has given the go-ahead to continue the drawn-out procedure of suing the executive for failing to activate the budgetary conditionality linking EU funds to rule of law amid doubts over the action's speed and efficacy.

Polish appeals court dismisses claims against Holocaust book historians

An appeals court ruled that two historians accused of tarnishing the memory of a Polish villager in a book about the Holocaust need not apologise, overturning a lower court ruling that raised fears about freedom of academic research.
Elections 11-08-2021

Polish PM fires deputy as ruling alliance disintegrates

Poland's prime minister dismissed the head of a junior coalition partner from government on Tuesday (10 August), creating uncertainty over the future of an administration that has set Warsaw on a collision course with the European Union.