Rule of law: MEPs travel to Malta to meet with government, NGOs and journalists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following developments in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, MEPs will visit Malta 3-4/12 to take stock of the situation on the ground. In light of recent political and judicial developments in Malta and continuing its long-standing defence of […]

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice to protect judges from political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges, requesting an expedited procedure. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new […]

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to […]

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the […]

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented today takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law […]

Migration and rule of law on next ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Migration, rule of law, climate change, ACP-EU relations beyond 2020, renewable energies and education will be among issues discussed at the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest. From 18 to 20 March 2019, the Assembly will bring together Members of the European Parliament and […]

Promoting rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should do more to promote democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights across the EU, including through support to civil society organisations. MEPs endorsed on Thursday the position of the Civil Liberties Committee to triple the funds allocated in the long-term EU […]

Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or going easy on fraud and corruption will risk being stripped of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed in committee on Thursday.   Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing […]

Rule of Law: Commission launches infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched an infringement procedure by sending a Letter of Formal Notice to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. On 3 July, 27 out of 72 Supreme Court judges face the risk of being forced to retire […]

Will Western Balkans respond positively to EU initiatives?

The European Commission announced yesterday its strategy regarding the perspective of EU enlargement with the Western Balkans within the next decade.  Six initiatives will be the guidelines of the EU which must be fulfilled in order to be able for these countries to complete the necessary steps for their accession process. The EU seems to […]

EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks?

The EU leaders meet tomorrow in Brussels in a two-day summit where the relations with Turkey and particularly the accession procedure is going to be one of the main topics. The European Commission has been supporting the freezing of the EU membership talks as Jean Claude Juncker condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on political […]