Today the European Parliament adopted a proposal that calls for the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. This mechanism has the potential to be an effective tool that will protect the European citizens' rights. Frank Engel, shadow rapporteur on the report, stated: "The rule of law is part of EU governance genetics. We need to ensure it is not disrupted and not distorted. Governance deviations may end in dictatorial rule - this must be avoided for all times".