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Parliamentary questions
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20 December 2018
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005358/2018

Preparation for becoming an EU Member State means being ready to assume all the responsibilities of membership of the EU including on human rights.

The enlargement policy and its ‘fundamentals first’ principle puts a particular emphasis on fundamental rights as a core issue of membership criteria. The Commission’s approach to accession negotiations prioritises reforms in key areas such as fundamental rights ensuring that they are addressed as early as possible in the accession process.

This allows enlargement countries to align their legislation and to build a track record of implementation, supporting and more strongly anchoring the sustainability of reforms.

Once the candidate countries become part of the Union, EU human rights obligations are enforced in the same way as for all other Member States.

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