Annual Rule of Law report must be backed by concrete legal action
Today the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted a report assessing the Commission's Rule of Law report for 2020. For the first time, the situation in all Member States is evaluated by the Commission to create a map on the state of Rule of Law in the EU.
While this is important, Renew Europe stresses that the Commission's report should serve as more than only a monitoring tool that identifies Rule of Law breaches. The new annual report has the potential to become a powerful instrument to stop illiberal EU governments from undermining the democratic values of our union. For that to happen, the actual findings in the report must be combined with concrete legal action, such as - when necessary - infringement procedures and budgetary conditionality.
Michal Šimečka, Vice-President of Renew Europe and the Group's shadow on the report, says: "The 2020 Commission report on the rule of law was a step in the right direction but much more needs to be done. The Parliament today highlights the many ways in which the annual monitoring should be improved. We need a better process, larger scope and connection to concrete enforcement action where necessary."