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11 February 2019

Question for oral answer O-000014/2019

to the Council

Rule 128

Claude Moraes

on behalf of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

  Subject: Situation of rule of law and fight against corruption in the EU, specifically in Malta and Slovakia

Respect for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the values and principles enshrined in the EU Treaties and international human rights instruments, are obligations incumbent on the Union and its Member States. The recent murders of investigative journalists have shocked European public opinion and had a chilling effect among journalists in the EU. In this context, within the remit of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), a Rule of Law Monitoring Group (ROLMG) was set up in June 2018 with a general mandate to monitor the situation as regards the rule of law and the fight against corruption within the EU, and to address specific situations, in particular in Malta and Slovakia. In the course of its activity, the ROLMG has identified several crosscutting shortcomings that risk weakening the rule of law, the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary in some Member States.

As a result, Parliament would like to ask the Council what steps it could consider, and what the time frame for them would be, in relation to the following:

 How will the Council change the rule of law dialogue from a general debate about principles into an effective tool to tackle specific and concrete rule of law concerns in individual Member States, including the followup to Article 7 decisions?

 What followup has been given by the Member States to the anti-corruption elements within the European Semester country reports and recommendations?

 What conclusions will the Council draw from the Commissions report on Investor Citizenship and Residence Schemes in the EU?

Tabled: 11.2.2019

Forwarded: 12.2.2019

Deadline for reply: 5.3.2019

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