Monitoring democracy and fundamental rights in the EU
Ideas for an "EU framework for democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights", to assess whether EU member states live up to their obligations in these areas, will be debated with Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the Latvian Presidency on Wednesday evening.
EU candidate countries are expected to live up to the “Copenhagen” criteria in areas such as press freedom, equal rights for minorities or independence of the judiciary.
But there is no regular assessment of the performance of EU member states themselves in these areas and the European Commission only has limited tools to enforce sanctions against breaches. The previous Parliament voted several resolutions calling for better monitoring.
Procedure: Council and Commission statements
Debate: Wednesday, 11 February