Member of the Institute of Democratic Thought, Poland
All Sessions by Krzysztof Śmiszek
22 February 2019
Protecting the Rule of Law: What’s in the EU arsenal?
11:00 - 12:15
The EU is founded on common principles of democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights. Over the past few years, several EU member governments led by Hungary and Poland have flouted these principles, limiting the independent press and packing the courts in what has been described as ‘rule of law backsliding’. Brussels has responded by opening legal cases against these countries, including launching Article 7 TEU procedure and initiating procedures before the Luxembourg Court. Still, the EU lacks a mechanism to permanently and regularly monitor member state compliance with the rule of law and fundamental rights after accession to the Union. Will this response be sufficient? What can the Court of Justice of the EU and national judges do before it gets too late, and judicial independence is challenged? How can we better equip EU civil society and concerned European citizens to protect the democratic debate embedded in EU values?
This session is organised in the context of the ENGAGE II Fellowship Programme. The programme is supported by a Grant from the Open Society Foundations.