MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Do not adopt solutions against the will of member states
The German EU Council Presidency has launched a compromise proposal to sanction violations of the rule of law in the EU. The deputy chairwoman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Katja Leikert, explains:
“Respect for the rule of law is a fundamental principle of the European Union. In its compromise proposal, the German EU Presidency realistically links the allocation of EU funds with compliance with the rule of law.
Because it is aware of the fact that we Member States cannot simply sanction general deficiencies in the rule of law – for example in the case of judges or judicial reforms. Rather, violations of the rule of law must always be about objectively understandable problems in the use of EU budget funds.
Negotiations with the European Parliament can now be continued on the basis of the compromise proposal. A regulation to sanction general problems of the rule of law would be desirable in the eyes of many. But it is difficult to reconcile with the current power structure in the EU. The Union parliamentary group therefore wants a bit more sense of reality, especially in the left-liberal camp of the European Parliament. This is the only way to make progress in the negotiations. We do not, however, need sham debates.
The first ever Rule of Law Report published by the European Commission today shows developments in the rule of law in the EU and in individual Member States. In connection with the new structured dialogue between the member states, it can encourage individual countries to be willing to reform. Ultimately, it must be clear to all actors that new mechanisms to strengthen the rule of law cannot be achieved against the will of member states. “
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