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The EU Rule of Law Mechanism

  • Álvaro de Elera
Wednesday 17 February 2021
European Union Seminar Series

In December 2020, after heated negotiations, the EU institutions adopted the Rule of Law mechanism, which provides for a system of annual review of institutions linked to the rule of law in the member states: justice systems, anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and freedom, etc. Most controversially, meeting the benchmarks of the report is supposed to have consequences for access to EU structural funds. While some see the mechanism as a promising new tool to safeguard EU’s foundational values, others see the mechanism as toothless, and even misdirected. In this seminar, a member of the European Commission joins us to answer your questions about how the mechanism really works, how it complements the Commission’s existing tools, and what the prospects for its implementation are.

As member of the cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, Mr. de Elera is responsible among other for the rule of law, anti-corruption and transparency, and inter-institutional relations. Mr. de Elera has also served as member of the cabinet to the Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, and before that as a member of the Commission legal services and the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union.

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