The Rule of Law report, which annually monitors the rule of law situation in EU Member States, is a fundamental tool that needs to be strengthened, as already stated in September 2021. Progressive improvements such as the inclusion of country-specific recommendations have been introduced in its third edition.
Civil society, media and journalist organisations have come together to issue a set of EU-wide and country-specific recommendations to strengthen the reporting process and make the reports directly enforceable. In addition to a non-public working document with country-specific recommendations shared with the European Commission, we issue a set of horizontal recommendations for strengthening the impact and inclusiveness of the reports.
The recommendations issued by this joint statement are:
- Strengthen the impact of the reports with concrete recommendations, national dialogues and conditionality.
- Formalise the consultation and dialogue process to ensure inclusive and meaningful participation of all actors.
- Act on the priority recommendations of civil society.
Read the joint statement here .