available languages: english June 8, 2014

… making the EU’s role in protecting fundamental values effective!

In recent years, there has been a wide-spread debate on how to protect the values on which the European Union is founded. These are democracy, human rights and the rule of law, enshrined in Article 2 EU Treaty. The developments in Hungary have raised particular concerns. The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission considered them a serious ‘threat to democracy’.

In response to the debate, the European Commission published a Communication in March 2014, laying out a new ‘rule of law framework’, designed to address potential systemic threats to the rule of law in EU member states. We analyse the new framework and make recommendations on how to make it effective and what other EU bodies can do.

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