Scepticism remains as Hungary prepares to phase out special powers act

By |junij 17th, 2020|Article 7, conditionality, Hungary coronavirus law, News, rule of law|

The Hungarian Parliament passed legislation on Tuesday (16 June) that rescinds the controversial powers granted to Viktor Orbán's government at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, and approved "transitional arrangements" to phase it out.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Scepticism remains as Hungary prepares to phase out special powers act

Bulgaria ‘black sheep of the EU’: World Press Freedom Index

By |april 21st, 2020|Article 7, Bulgaria, China, coronavirus, Hungary, Iran, News, Poland, press freedom, Reporters Without Borders, World Press Freedom index|

Bulgaria has the lowest standards of press freedom in Europe and is ranked 111th globally in terms of press freedom for a third consecutive year in the Reporters Without Borders annual edition of the World Press Freedom index, which called the country ...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Bulgaria ‘black sheep of the EU’: World Press Freedom Index

EU-wide Rule of law mechanism discussed in Sofia

By |marec 9th, 2020|Article 7, Bulgaria, Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, corruption, European Prosecutor, Laura Kovesi, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Poland, Rule of Law Mechanism|

A conference in Sofia debated the European Commission's proposal for an EU-wide rule of law mechanism on Friday (6 March) and one European lawmaker said there is already a clear majority in the European Parliament to set up a new control mechanism for ...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU-wide Rule of law mechanism discussed in Sofia

EU should stop ‘subsidising undermining democracy,’ warns NGO boss

By |februar 3rd, 2020|Article 7, enlargement, EU budget, human rights, Human Rights Watch, Hungary, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Poland, trade, Turkey|

The EU should "stop subsidizing undermining democracy within the EU," Kenneth Roth,  Executive Director of Human Rights Watch told EURACTIV in an interview, arguing that the negotiations over the next 7-year budget will not just be about money but about fundamental rights.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU should stop ‘subsidising undermining democracy,’ warns NGO boss

Row heats up over Poland’s court reforms

By |januar 30th, 2020|Article 7, News, Poland, rule of law, Věra Jourová|

A long-running controversy in Poland over the government's judicial reforms intensified Wednesday (29 January) when its two top bodies -- the Constitutional and Supreme courts -- clashed over the appointment of judges.

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Poland accuses Brussels of double standards in judiciary row

By |januar 27th, 2020|Article 7, Jaroslav Kaczynski, News, PiS, Poland, rule of law, Věra Jourová|

Poland accused the European Union on Saturday (25 January) of double standards for questioning the country's Constitutional Tribunal, intensifying a spat between Warsaw and Brussels ahead of a visit by the bloc's top rule of law official.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Poland accuses Brussels of double standards in judiciary row

Polish parliament approves judge ‘muzzle law’, opposition denounces ‘coup d’état’

By |januar 24th, 2020|Andrzej Duda, Article 7, European Court of Justice, Malgorzata Gersdorf, News, Poland, rule of law|

Poland's parliament on Thursday (23 January) approved a controversial draft law aimed at disciplining judges who question government judicial reforms that the European Union says are out of step with the rule of law.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Polish parliament approves judge ‘muzzle law’, opposition denounces ‘coup d’état’

Top Hungarian lawyer accuses PM Orban of harming rule of law

By |januar 22nd, 2020|Article 7, Hungary, illiberal democracy, News, rule of law, Viktor Orbán|

Hungary's top defence lawyer accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Tuesday (21 January) of undermining the rule of law through his refusal to accept two court decisions that require payouts of state funds.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Top Hungarian lawyer accuses PM Orban of harming rule of law

Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

By |januar 21st, 2020|Albania, Article 7, Czechia, enlargement, EU foreign policy, Iran, Iraq, Josep Borrell, News, North Macedonia, treaty change, V4, Visegrad 4, Western Balkans|

The Visegrad countries will need some time to close the ditches they have dug in recent years, Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček told EURACTIV.cz in an interview. He also voiced doubts about the need for a reform of EU membership negotiations, demanded by France, saying the process is already reversible at any stage.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Czech FM: Visegrad countries will continue to promote EU enlargement

European Parliament calls on member states to act on Poland and Hungary

By |januar 16th, 2020|Article 7, Didier Reynders, Hungary, News, Poland, rule of law, Věra Jourová|

The EU must set out concrete demands and deadlines for Poland and Hungary over their rule of law and judicial independence situation, lawmakers in the European Parliament demanded in a Strasbourg debate on Article 7 on Wednesday (15 January). In...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za European Parliament calls on member states to act on Poland and Hungary