2022 Rule of Law Report. The rule of law situation in the European Union

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Series Details COM (2022) 500
Publication Date 13/07/2022
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Report published by the European Commission on 12 July 2022, assessing the situation in the European Union (EU) as a whole and in each Member State as regards the rule of law.

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The annual Rule of Law Report is at the centre of the Commission's Rule of Law Mechanism. This is yearly cycle aimed at promoting the rule of law and preventing problems from emerging or deepening further. It aims to improve understanding and awareness of issues, identify challenges and support countries in finding solutions. It also allows Member States to exchange best practice, discuss among themselves and learn from each other. The objective of the Mechanism is preventive and it is separate from other elements in the EU's Rule of Law Toolbox. It complements but it does not replace the Treaty-based mechanisms for the EU response to serious rule of law issues in Member States.

For the first time, the report includes specific recommendations to Member States, as announced by the President of the European Commission in her State of the European Union (SOTEU) address. In the country-specific reports, the Commission continued to deepen its assessments and follow-up on the challenges and developments identified in the previous reports. The report also covers, for the first time, some new topics that have emerged as relevant for ensuring the rule of law.

This annual report was published by the European Commission on 13 July 2022. It is the third annual Rule of Law Report issued by the Commission. The report is accompanied by individual chapters covering the reality in each EU Member State.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2022:500:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ): Blog, 13/07/2022: EU Rule of Law Report: Europe needs a strong Media Freedom Act https://europeanjournalists.org/blog/2022/07/13/eu-rule-of-law-report-europe-needs-a-strong-media-freedom-act/
Institute for European Politics (IEP), 18/07/2022: Press statement on the release of the 2022 Rule of Law Report https://iep-berlin.de/en/press/rule-of-law-report-1/

Politico, 13/07/2022: EU report renews Hungary, Poland rule-of-law critiques amid key negotiations https://www.politico.eu/article/commission-unveil-critical-rule-law-report-against-hungary-poland/
EurActiv, 13/07/2022: Commission deep-dives over media freedom in annual rule of law report https://www.euractiv.com/section/media/news/commission-deep-dives-over-media-freedom-in-annual-rule-of-law-report/
Reuters, 13/07/2022: EU tells Hungary, Poland to step up their democracy game https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eu-tells-hungary-poland-step-up-their-democracy-game-2022-07-13/
Euronews, 13/07/2022: Poland & Hungary in European Commission's rule of law spotlight again https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/07/13/poland-hungary-in-european-commissions-rule-of-law-spotlight-again
Total Croatia News, 13/07/2022: EC Rule of Law Report - Recommendations for Croatia https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/64313-ec-rule-of-law-report-recommendations-for-croatia
Bloomberg, 13/07/2022: EU Must ‘Get Its Own House in Order,’ Rule-of-Law Chief Warns https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-07-13/eu-must-get-its-own-house-in-order-rule-of-law-chief-warns#xj4y7vzkg
Radio Prague, 13/07/2022: Czechia's reforms praised in new EU Rule of law report, but criticism also present https://english.radio.cz/czechias-reforms-praised-new-eu-rule-law-report-criticism-also-present-8755910
EUObserver, 14/07/2022: Pressure on EU Commission as report shows rule-of-law retreat https://euobserver.com/rule-of-law/155528
Independent (UK), 14/07/2022: EU rule of law report decries situation in Poland, Hungary https://www.independent.co.uk/news/hungary-ap-poland-european-commission-viktor-orban-b2122396.html
Romania Insider, 14/07/2022: EC Rule of Law Report on Romania: Challenges remain https://www.romania-insider.com/ec-rule-law-ro-report-jul-2022
Balkan Insight, 14/07/2022: EC Rule of Law Report Flags up Several Balkan States https://balkaninsight.com/2022/07/14/ec-rule-of-law-report-flags-up-several-balkan-states/
Budapest Business Journal (BBJ), 14/07/2022: EC points to unaddressed concerns over Hungary in Rule of Law report https://bbj.hu/politics/foreign-affairs/eu/ec-points-to-unaddressed-concerns-over-hungary-in-rule-of-law-report

European Commission: Publications: 2022 Rule of law report - Communication and country chapters https://ec.europa.eu/info/publications/2022-rule-law-report-communication-and-country-chapters_en
European Commission: Press Release, 13/07/2022: Rule of Law Report 2022: Commission issues specific recommendations to Member States https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_4467
European Commission: 2022 Rule of Law Report - Questions and Answers (13 July 2022) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_22_4468
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 13/07/2022: Commission Rule Of Law Report: Sharper Analysis But Lacks Bite https://www.greens-efa.eu/en/article/press/commission-rule-of-law-report-sharper-analysis-but-lacks-bite
Renew Europe EP Group: Newsroom, 13/07/2022: The Council And Commission Must Level Up Efforts To Protect The Rule Of Law And Fundamental Rights https://www.reneweuropegroup.eu/news/2022-07-13/the-council-and-commission-must-level-up-efforts-to-protect-the-rule-of-law-and-fundamental-rights
Slovenian Government: News, 14/07/2022: Minister Fajon underlines Government's commitment to the rule of law https://www.gov.si/en/news/2022-07-14-minister-fajon-underlines-governments-commitment-to-the-rule-of-law/

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