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
•At present, an individual is not allowed to petition the Constitutional Court to hear their case, but the Parliament is currently discussing draft laws that would change this.
•A young man who suffered a racist stop-and-search has filed suit against the Spanish state for ethnic profiling. The case is now in the hands of judges at the European Court of Human Rights.
•Nine EU governments at the UN yesterday called on Poland to restore its formerly independent and effective Constitutional Tribunal and protect the rule of law. But will EU ministers speak up again at next week’s General Affairs Council?
•For the first time in years, the European People’s Party may stand united with the EP’s other party groups against the clear breaches of democracy by Viktor Orbán’s government.