Today the European Parliament adopted a proposal that calls for the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights. This mechanism has the potential to be an effective tool that will protect the European citizens' rights. Frank Engel, shadow rapporteur on the report, stated:
"The peoples and states of Europe should converge towards a European logic of governance. One in which elections are used to change policy, not the nature of the state. The mechanism we propose today allows such a governance convergence. It will apply permanently, it won't be crisis-driven, and it will apply to every member state even-handedly.
The rule of law is part of EU governance genetics. We need to ensure it is not disrupted and not distorted. Governance deviations may end in dictatorial rule - this must be avoided for all times."
The mechanism is intended to be broad, inclusive and evidence-based and to be applied in a uniform and non-political manner to all EU countries. You can learn more about the proposal here.
Frank Engel defended the mechanism during his speech in the European Parliament today: