Democracy Impacts

  • Romanian PM: EU Law Prevails in Romania

    January 04, 2022

    Following the press release from the Romanian Constitutional Court on December 23, 2021 informing that their Constitution includes provisions that prevent the full prevalence of EU law at a national level, the Romanian prime minister Ciuca and minister of justice Catalin Predoiu made statements assuring that the EU law prevails in Romania.

  • Orban Will Keep Immigration Law despite EU Court Ruling

    December 22, 2021

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced at a press conference that Hungary won’t change its immigration laws after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Hungary had “failed to fulfill its obligations” under EU law by passing a 2018 bill preventing people from applying for asylum if they come to Hungary from a country where their life and freedom were not at risk.

  • European Commission to Start Legal Action Against Poland Over Rule of Law

    December 22, 2021

    The European Commission will begin an infringement procedure against Poland for undermining EU law by sending a formal notice, giving Poland two months to reply and fulfill its obligations under EU law.

  • Hungary's Top Court Avoids Ruling on Primacy of EU law

    December 15, 2021

    While avoiding ruling on primacy of European Union law, Hungary's Constitutional Court authorizes government action in absence of adequate EU rules.

  • Euroscepticism in the EU after Brexit

    December 08, 2021

    Rónán Duffy writing in explores euroscepticism in the European Union (EU) since Brexit, highlighting that near 30% of MEPs have been identified as being various shades of eurosceptic.

  • EU Attacks Top Court Appointments in Georgia

    December 04, 2021

    Following Georgia’s four lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court, the EU’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Peter Stano criticized the action and reminded Georgia that the EU assistance to Georgia “remains conditional on progress on key reforms, including on judiciary.”

  • Polish Tribunal Rules ECtHR Cannot Question its Judges

    December 01, 2021

    Poland's Constitutional Tribunal, rejecting a ruling by Europe's top human rights court in May, said that the European Court of Human Rights had no power to question its appointment of judges.

  • Politico: Macron Edging away from Europe

    November 18, 2021

    Following the Polish constitutional court’s decision to reject the primacy of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the debate has been reopened in France and many French presidential contenders, both right and left, have sided with Warsaw, calling for France to assert the primacy of its own constitution, or even its own individual laws, over European legislation.

  • ECJ Blasts Hungary Over Anti-Migrant Law

    November 16, 2021

    Following Hungary’s 2018 legislation making it a criminal offense for organizations and individuals to aid immigrants and refugees apply for asylum, The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that Hungary broke EU rules.

  • European Committee of Social Rights Publishes Guide for Cooperation with NHRIs and NEBs

    October 27, 2021

    The European Committee of Social Rights, the Council of Europe's (COE) committee for monitoring the implementation of the European Social Charter, has published a guide that explains how the Committee and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and National Equality Bodies (NEBs) can cooperate in promoting the Charter rights in COE member states.

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