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European Parliament studies: EU enforcement of the rule of law; the "parliamentary" nature of the Council of the EU
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Two recent studies undertaken for the European Parliament examine the EU's framework for enforcing the rule of law in its Member States; and "the parliamentary nature of the Council."

The EU framework for enforcing the respect of the rule of law and the Union’s fundamental principles and values (pdf)

"This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee, examines the EU founding values and principles set out in Article 2 TEU and the instruments at the EU’s disposal to uphold them, in particular Article 7 TEU and Article 258 TFEU, as well as the Rule of Law Framework launched by the European Commission. Focusing on rule of law, the study also examines how these instruments have been used, in particular in the cases of Poland and Hungary.

The study also looks into the proposals put forward by the Parliament and the Commission and gives recommendations: it proposes, in particular, the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights by the EU as well as the introduction of economic conditionality into EU Cohesion Policy and its funds as a sanction mechanism."

The Council of the EU: from the Congress of Ambassadors to a genuine Parliamentary Chamber? (pdf)

"This study commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the AFCO Committee discusses the parliamentary nature of the Council. It analyses how the Council is in between a pure parliamentary institution and a non-parliamentary one from a wide range of perspectives, for example its structure, procedure and transparency. The study recommends incremental reforms towards further parliamentarisation rather than radical ones."

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