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11 February 2019
O-000015/2019

Question for oral answer O-000015/2019

to the Commission

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.

In this context, Parliament would like to ask the Commission what steps it could consider, and what the time frame for them would be, in relation to:

 monitoring the situation in the Member States in relation to breaches of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, in particular as regards the separation of powers, the independence of judiciary, the fight against corruption, the safety of journalists and media freedom, and the impact of golden visas/investor programme schemes on the acquisition of EU citizenship;

 enabling the EU Agencies to participate more proactively in investigations in Member States, such as by being able to proactively initiate the setting up of Joint Investigation Teams;

 putting forward a proposal for a comprehensive EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, in due course, taking into account Parliaments resolutions of 25 October 2016[1] and of 14 November 2018[2]?

Tabled: 11.2.2019

Forwarded: 13.2.2019

Deadline for reply: 20.2.2019

[1]  European Parliament resolution of 25 October 2016 with recommendations to the Commission on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, OJ C 215, 19.6.2018, p. 162.

[2]  European Parliament resolution of 14 November 2018 on the need for a comprehensive EU mechanism for the protection of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, Texts adopted, P8_TA(2018)0456.

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