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On this episode, Reporting Democracy editor and host Nicholas Watson discusses points surrounding the rule of legislation in Central and Japanese Europe, the situation of which the European Union is turning into more and more fearful about, particularly in Poland and Hungary.
The rule of legislation is talked about twice within the preamble to the Treaty on European Union. Article 2 stipulates that: “The Union is based on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of legislation and respect for human rights…”
On this, the EU seeks to tell apart the rule of legislation – the place the legislation applies equally and everyone seems to be topic to it – from its antithesis, the rule by legislation – the place these in energy can arbitrarily create and apply the legislation as they select, with no accountability.
The EU Fee already had a number of arrows in its quiver to cope with rule-of-law infractions amongst member states, particularly infringement procedures and – if there was no decision – the triggering of Article 7 of the Treaty on the European Union. However prior to now couple of years, Brussels has been including new devices as issues develop that the deterioration within the rule of legislation will unfold to different member states.
How efficient these new measures will likely be and what the long run holds for these within the EU’s crosshairs is mentioned by visitors: Piotr Buras, head of the Warsaw workplace of the European Council on Overseas Relations; and Stanisław Burdziej, co-founder of Court docket Watch, a not-for-profit organisation supporting optimistic adjustments within the Polish justice system by citizen court docket monitoring.
On this podcast collection we’re trying on the area from totally different angles and views, making an attempt to seize its range and perceive rising tendencies. Above all, we need to give a voice to a area that’s usually talked to slightly than listened to.
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Podcast Producer: Ewa Dunal, Sounds and Tales
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