EU executive will get tough with countries breaking rule of law: Juncker


The European Commission has announced that it has become strict on European Union countries that do not respect the rule of law, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. He said this in relation to concerns shown that Poland and Hungary do not observe EU democratic principles.

A new procedure has been put into place by the commission to start a rule-of-law procedure, called Article 7, against Poland. This will be done because of concerns over the independence of the country’s judiciary. However, this may end up in Warsaw’s right to vote in the EU being suspended. Later, on Wednesday the European Parliament will vote on whether to start a  similar process against Hungary.

Additionally, Junker stated that all rules by the EU’s highest court had to be respected.

“We need to be very clear on one point: judgments from the Court of Justice must be respected and implemented. This is vital. The European Union is a community of law. Respecting the rule of law and abiding by Court decisions are not optional,” Juncker said.




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