|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: Secretariat General|
|Series Details||COM (2020) 580|
First annual report on the rule of law situation across the European Union (EU), published by the European Commission on 30 September 2020.
This report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, but important challenges to the rule of law exist in the EU. It also reflects relevant developments stemming from the emergency measures taken by Member States due to the coronavirus crisis.
The report covers four main pillars with a strong bearing on the rule of law: national justice systems, anti-corruption frameworks, media pluralism and freedom, and other institutional issues related to the checks and balances essential to an effective system of democratic governance.
The aim of the new Rule of Law Report is to enlarge the existing EU toolbox with a new preventive tool and kick-start an inclusive debate and rule of law culture across the EU. It should help all Member States examine how challenges can be addressed, how they can learn from each other's experiences, and show how the rule of law can be further strengthened in full respect of national constitutional systems and traditions.
The European Parliament's reaction to this report was adopted by the plenary on 24 June 2021.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Law, Values and Beliefs|
|Subject Tags||Audiovisual | Media Services, Corruption | Fraud | Mismanagement, Democracy, Justice Systems, Rule of Law|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|