3 years ago

European Union values, Rule of Law and the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Maria José Rangel de Mesquita

Abstract

This article examines the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the protection of the Rule of law in EU Member States through a new mechanism making EU funding conditional on a certain level of respect for the Rule of law. This mechanism proposed as part of the new MFF package is presented rather technically as a tool ‘to protect the EU budget from financial risks linked to generalised deficiencies as regards the RoL’, but it is apparently meant to complement the procedure foreseen in Article 7 TEU which is considered insufficiently effective. The article concludes that the newly proposed mechanism gives a strong role to the Commission which would be in a key position to impose sanctions which would bypass the Article 7 procedure in a way difficult to reconcile with primary law.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12027-018-0523-6

DOI: 10.1007/s12027-018-0523-6

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