Poland’s parliament on knife-edge as opposition takes upper house

By |oktober 15th, 2019|Article 7, Catholic church, Civic Coalition, News, PiS, Polish election, rule of law|

Poland's nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party appears to have narrowly won a second term in power, final results from the parliamentary election on Sunday (13 October) showed, but its drive to push through its agenda may be hampered by its loss of t...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Poland’s parliament on knife-edge as opposition takes upper house

EU grills Hungary over rule of law concerns

By |september 17th, 2019|Article 7, Frans Timmermans, Hungary, News, Poland, rule of law|

EU affairs ministers grilled Hungary on Monday (16 September) over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's tightening of restrictions around free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which the bloc worries weakens democracy in the ex-communist...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU grills Hungary over rule of law concerns

EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms

By |junij 5th, 2019|Article 7, Frans Timmermans, Jean-Claude Juncker, justice reform, Liviu Dragnea, News, PSD, Romania, Romanian elec, rule of law, Viorica Dancila|

The European Commission on Tuesday (4 June) welcomed Romania's pledge to renounce controversial judicial reforms that had triggered strong criticism and threats of sanctions from Brussels.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU praises Romanian U-turn on controversial reforms

Timmermans invites EU members to ‘bite the bullet’ on rule of law

By |april 3rd, 2019|2019 European elections, Article 7, Frans Timmermans, Hungary, News, Poland, Romania, rule of law, Spitzenkandidaten|

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (3 April) a process of reflection about whether member states would agree to be supervised on possible breaches of rule of law. The Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said it is now up to the capitals to decide if they want to “bite the bullet”.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Timmermans invites EU members to ‘bite the bullet’ on rule of law

Belgium, Germany make joint proposal for EU rule of law monitoring mechanism

By |marec 19th, 2019|Article 7, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, News, Poland, rule of law|

Germany and Belgium put forward on Tuesday (19 March) a joint proposal for a rule of law peer review in all EU member states. The new mechanism is meant to be applied in parallel to the already existing Article 7 procedure enshrined in the treaties.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Belgium, Germany make joint proposal for EU rule of law monitoring mechanism

Hungary takes aim at ‘Soros man’ Timmermans

By |januar 28th, 2019|Article 7, European elections 2019, European Parliament, Frans Timmermans, Hungary, illiberal democracy, Judith Sargentini, News, rule of law, Viktor Orbán|

Hungary will not take part in this week’s European Parliament debate on the rule of law in the country, a government spokesperson said on Monday (28 January) and insisted that Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, who deals with this issue, should be suspended in the run-up to the European elections.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Hungary takes aim at ‘Soros man’ Timmermans

Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

By |januar 18th, 2019|Article 7, Bulgaria, European Parliament, Hungary, Malta, News, Poland, Romania, rule of law|

European Union countries that undermine the bloc's democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January).

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

Poland gets a pass as Romanian presidency struggles with rule of law approach

By |januar 8th, 2019|Article 7, Konrad Szymanski, News, Poland, Romanian Presidency, rule of law|

EU affairs ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday (8 January) for the first meeting of 2019 under the helm of the Romanian presidency. Rule of law matters, highly prominent in previous sessions, were off the agenda for the first time.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Poland gets a pass as Romanian presidency struggles with rule of law approach

Weber: There is no special treatment for Viktor Orban in EPP

By |december 18th, 2018|Article 7, Brexit, Hungary, manfred weber, News, Poland, rule of law, Spitzenkandidaten, Viktor Orbán|

For the European People's Party, it is clear that we must stand by our principles and defend the rule of law, Manfred Weber, the head of the EPP group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV Poland, insisting that the EPP is not turning a blind eye o...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Weber: There is no special treatment for Viktor Orban in EPP

Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements

By |december 18th, 2018|Andrzej Duda, Article 7, European Court of Justice, independence of judiciary, News, Poland, rule of law|

Poland on Monday (17 December) bowed to a ruling by the EU’s top court ordering it to suspend a law that had lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges amid concerns about judicial independence. The European Court of Justice (ECJ)...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements