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Challenges to the Rule of Law in Europe

On 12 July the European Movement International held an open discussion at the European Parliament to address current challenges to the rule of law in EU Member States and to explore ways forward in Europe.

The rule of law is one of the fundamental values on which the EU is based and the confidence of EU citizens in its functioning is essential for the further development of the EU. Recent events in some Member States have however shown a lack of respect for the rule of law, democracy and human rights, with a growing risk of civil society losing its voice and independence.

While there is a need for a mechanism to successfully monitor and supervise the EU’s founding principles and values, this event not only addressed the current challenges but also tried to define the role of the European institutions, governments and civil society in ensuring the functioning and monitoring of the rule of law within Member States.

Read the event report here.


18.00 – 18.05: Welcoming words by Jo Leinen MEP, President, European Movement International

18.05 – 18.30: Keynote speech by Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia, Estonian Presidency of the EU Council

18.30 – 19.15: Discussion on the current challenges to the rule of law in Europe

  • Ms Kai Härmand, Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Justice of Estonia
  • Péter Niedermüller MEP, S&D Group, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Philippe Dam, Advocacy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights Watch

19.15 – 19.45: Q&A with moderator Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International

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