Tackling human rights flaws in the European Union
All EU countries should be monitored on their compliance with EU values and accession criteria. This monitoring should include binding recommendations and penalties for breaches, says a draft resolution to be voted on Thursday.
The resolution analyses respect for fundamental rights in the EU in 2012. The "Copenhagen mechanism" suggested by MEPs would serve to set indicators, draw up binding recommendations and impose penalties, such as freezing EU funding for countries that fail to comply.
MEPs also suggest reviewing EU Treaty Article 7 (rules for determining whether there is a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values in a member state). The aim would be to separate clearly the "risk" and "violation" stages.
Debate: Wednesday, 26 February
Vote: Thursday, 27 February
Procedure: Non-legislative resolution