Possible future candidates of the European Union need to fulfill the Copenhagen criteria, giving guidelines for the country’s political, economic and legislative sectors . But once a country has successfully gone through the process and has become a full member of the EU, there are very few mechanisms in place that take effect when a member state committs a breach of fundamental rights.
The example of Hungary shows that raising awareness about the country’s behaviour already pushes the EU’s jurisdiction as far as it can go. As a last resort, the Commission might consider financial sanctions or the revocation of privileges according to Article 7. But how far does the EU’s role in domestic affairs of member states go? Csaba Tóth (Director of Strategy at Republikon Institute, Hungary) and Réka Csaba (Project Manager at Republikon Institute, Hungary) attempt to address this issue and point towards measures the EU needs to take in order to ensure a fair treatment of its citizens.
You can read their paper here: Future of EU – Human Rights – Fundamental Freedom, 20.01.2015.
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
• WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
• WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
• WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
• WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that works