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EU pact on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights (DRF)

EU pact on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights (DRF)

EU pact on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights (DRF)

According to Parliament’s proposal, the adoption of the annual DRF report by the Commission would initiate an inter-parliamentary debate and a debate in Council aimed at addressing the result of the report and the country specific recommendations. The inter-parliamentary debate would result in the adoption of a resolution by Parliament, whereas the Council debate would result in conclusions. The debate should be part of a multi-annual structured dialogue between the European Parliament, national parliaments, the Commission and the Council. It would involve civil society, the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency and the Council of Europe. The Council debate, building on its rule of law dialogue (see Section 5.3.), would result in conclusions, inviting national parliaments to provide a response to the DRF European report, proposals or reforms. Based on the annual DRF report, the Commission could decide to launch a ‘systemic infringement’ action under Article 2 TEU and Article 258 TFEU, (as explained under Section 4.2 of this study) or could also decide to submit a proposal for a peer evaluation of the implementation by Member States of Union policies in the area of freedom, security and justice, under Article 70 TFEU


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