The Rule of Law Report is an essential tool for ensuring the respect of EU fundamental values. It is for this reason that a large group of civil society organisations has felt the need to stress some specific issues that need to be addressed in order to make this instrument successful, inclusive, and credible.
The recommendations issued by this joint statement are three:
- Adopt a clear, more inclusive and transparent methodology for the meaningful participation of non-governmental stakeholders throughout the process.
- Review the methodology of the current Rule of Law Report to consider all rule of law issues, including civic space, media independence and systemic human rights violations in EU Member States.
- Strengthen the potential for impact of the reports with concrete recommendations, clear linkages with other EU frameworks and policy instruments, an alert mechanism, and transparent dialogue on follow-up.
The joint statement is available here .