Created on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:10
We would like to invite you to the discussion with Mrs. Marika Rakviashvili, Deputy State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration on the topic of:
"Integration process of Georgia into the European Union. Opportunities for common projects with civil society organizations."
Where: EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Rytířská 31, Prague, 110 00
When: April 30, 2015, 10:00 - 11:30
More information is available here
Created on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:58
European Union is often praised for its normative soft power and transformation capacity. However very active in promoting democracy in its neighbourhood, the case of Orbán’s Hungary shows that the EU is struggling to ensure the respect for democracy, human rights and rule of law within its borders. In this article, already existing tools which the EU applied or discussed in the case of Hungary EU are examined - such as various declarations, infringement procedure or Article 7 TEU. Bilateral sanctions and suspension of the “guilty” political party’s membership in the EP groups are described as alternative options used in the past by the EU members, but outside the EU processes. Proposals for the new rule of law mechanism and ex-ante conditionality are analysed as possible tools of the future. The article comes to conclusion that none of those tools can be fully effective when there’s a clear lack of unity on the EU side and the political will to address the issue is missing.
More information in our colleague's paper here