Rights Protection by the EU
All EU governments have promised to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. No country can join the EU until it has shown that it has laws, policies and institutions in place to uphold these fundamental values, such as a free media and an independent judiciary. Once a country is inside the EU, however, the Union has limited powers to make sure the government sticks to these promises. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to create stronger powers to protect its fundamental values, and the work we do to persuade the EU to use the powers it already has to prevent governments inside the Union from abusing human rights.
Rights Protection by the EU articles
•Poland's government has responded to the European Commission's initiation of legal action over Warsaw’s judicial reforms by belittling the efforts made by Brussels. On Saturday, July 29, the Commission notified the Polish government that it had begun i...
•European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans is likely to get authorization from his fellow commissioners on Wednesday, July 26, to start legal probes into the controversial judicial reforms passed by Poland's Parliament. The development c...
•Following the alarming evidence that EU-made electronic surveillance equipment is still being exported to authoritarian countries around the world, an international network of NGOs urges the EU to comply with its human rights obligations.
•The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary is greatly dismayed to learn that both houses of the Polish Parliament last week approved judicial reforms in Poland.