Newshound

A summary of the latest events and announcements on the rule of law in Europe in the last 24 hours.

  • Newshound for 29 July 2022
  • While Hungarian and Polish Recovery and Resilience Facilities are stuck, Slovakia gets the first payment. Orbán’s culture wars divert, disturb and evade serious repercussions, writes Politico. The Hungarian prime minister is sparking global outrage with his latest broadside against immigration. RARE application deadline has been extended to 5 August. Apply to join the group and take action together for civic space and the rule of law in Europe. The Newshound is signing off for the month of August. See you in September!

  • Newshound for 28 July 2022
  • Following Viktor Orbán’s comments, MEP Guy Verhofstadt is calling to apply Article 7. Hungarian government submitted two bills that allegedly have been prepared to reach an agreement with the European Commission. Hungary is the only member state against which the European Union has used its full range of instruments to enforce respect for the rule of law. The Anti-Gender and Anti-LGBTQI Mobilisation in Hungary and Poland: a Research Project by the Political Capital and Projekt: Polska.

  • Newshound for 27 July 2022
  • Six former Disciplinary Chamber judges have decided to retire and they will receive a monthly payment of around 4200 euros. Re:constitution conference will take place on 8-9 September in Berlin. Viktor Orbán’s speech arose protests within the European Union. Following the Prime Minister's declarations, Zsuzsa Hegedüs resigned.

  • Newshound for 26 July 2022
  • Ursula von der Leyen has affirmed that the new Polish law on Supreme Court does not satisfy the milestone requirements that would unlock the recovery fund. The measures proposed by the Hungarian government do not eliminate the concerns notified by the Commission and billions of euros will remain frozen Two additional weeks to apply for Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe RARE from October 2022 to June 2024.

  • Newshound for 25 July 2022
  • The European Court of Human Rights has given notice to the Government of Poland of 37 applications and requested that they submit their observations. Jakub Jaraczewski has examinated and shared the highlights of the cases. Viktor Orbán sparks outrage with attack on ‘race mixing’ in Europe affirming that countries where races mingle are ‘no longer nations’. Yet it is not the first time that the Hungarian prime minister abandons himself to unacceptable declarations. Waldemar Żurek v. Poland judgment of the European Court of Human Rights should be regarded a real milestone in relations with European institutions. Kati Cseres informs that the editorial ‘Conditionality and the Rule of Law’ is online.

  • Newshound for 22 July 2022
  • The European Commission has launched four new infringement procedures against the United Kingdom. Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE)’s next cycle runs from October 2022 to June 2024. Apply by 24 July 2022 to join the group and take action together for civic space and the rule of law in Europe.

  • Newshound for 21 July 2022
  • The European Commission has sent another letter to Hungary under the rule of law conditionality procedure. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee recommends the EU Commission to include new key milestones in the conditionality procedure against Hungary. Kim lane Scheppelle’s article explaining how Viktor Orban won the April 2022 election is out in the Journal of Democracy.

  • Newshound for 20 July 2022
  • The Hungarian government has already started distributing the funds that have not yet been received. The European Commission gives Poland two months to fix the rule of law violations committed by the Constitutional Tribunal.

  • Newshound for 19 July 2022
  • The Fidesz majority in the Hungarian National Assemby has just passed a resolution calling to dismantle the European Parliament. Poland has asked the General Court to annul the decision of the European Commission to deduct EU funds. The draft of the UK Bill of Rights is trying to unilaterally amend international law commitments. Giulia Gentile has analysed the impacts for individuals, the rule of law and the UK’s international standing.

  • Newshound for 18 July 2022
  • Hungary has decided to revive an anti-corruption body that was abolished years ago in order to comply with the conditions of the European Commission. Julia Przyłębska, one of Poland’s highest-ranking judges, claims to be independent. J. Kaczyński affirms that Poland is under no obligation to listen to the European Union on the judicial system.

  • Newshound for 15 July 2022
  • A reasoned opinion has been issued by the European Commission in the infringement procedure against Poland for violations of EU law by the Contitutional Tribunal. The European Commission has referred Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union over two cases concerning freedom of speech: the anti-LGBT ‘Children Protection Act’ and the closure of the Kubradio station.

  • Newshound for 14 July 2022
  • MEP Sergey Lagodinsky notes that the European Commission will bring Hungary before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Our CEO Garvan Walshe was interviewed about the rule of law report published yesterday by the European Commission.

  • Newshound for 13 July 2022
  • The European Commission has published the third edition of the Rule of Law Report. MEP Terry Reintke affirms that it lacks the ambition to set deadlines and falls short to exploit its full potential. MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield’s report on the rule of law situation in Hungary was adopted by European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) today. The European Court of Human Rights has decided to indicate an interim measure in the case Raczkowski v. Poland.

  • Newshound for 12 July 2022
  • The European Commission will publish the new rule of law reports tomorrow. In the meanwhile, Commissioner Didier Reynders has met Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga and has offered assistance with rule of law challenges. Jake Goodman-Palmer claims that Poland and Hungary may have inadvertently consolidated the place of rule of law in the heart of EU identity instead of undermining the European commitment to it. Polish Tribunal Vice-President Mariusz Muszyński has issued a statement saying that he should not be associated with any alleged Government-Tribunal consultations and has distanced himself from CT President Julia Przyłębska.

  • Newshound for 11 July 2022
  • This week, the LIBE Committee will vote on the proposal for a Council decision on the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values by Hungary. Polish government will continue to violate ECtHR’s rulings regarding Poland’s rule of law crisis and refuse from now on to pay compensation. The Polish government will not make public who exactly will receive money from the EU Recovery Fund. The 2022 European Commission’s rule of law reports for all 27 EU Member States will be released on Wednesday. The European Commission is prepared to unlock the recovery funds billions for Hungary if four conditions are met, affirms the Hungarian government.

  • Newshound for 08 July 2022
  • As noted by Jakub Jaraczewski, the revealed exchange of emails between the Polish government and the Constitutional Tribunal confirms that the Tribunal is at the beck and call of the ruling party and government. Viktor Orbán's chief of staff said that Hungary had accepted 4 of the European Commission's demands that must be fulfilled for it to receive around € 6 billion in recovery funds and € 9.5 billion in loans. Hungary regurarly refuses to comply with EU demands on inter alia rule of law issues but now seems to have changed tack.

  • Newshound for 07 July 2022
  • Hungarian Minister of Chancellery Gergely Gulyás announced that the European Commission’s conditions for the adoption of the recovery plan have been accepted by the government. The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the inclusion of the right to abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

  • Newshound for 06 July 2022
  • MEP Guy Verhofstadt addressed the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the change of the EU Treaties in order to abolish veto powers. By the end of this year, the EU will cut funds to Hungary because of rule of law violations. MEP Daniel Freund has presented a legal analysis carried out by R. Daniel Kelemen, Kim Lane Scheppele and John Morijn of why a 100% suspension is ‘proportionate’ and ‘appropriate’ under Regulation 2020/2092 on a general regime of conditionality for the protection of the Union budget.

  • Newshound for 05 July 2022
  • MEP Daniel Freund has written a letter to European Council President Charles Michel asking to exclude Viktor Orbán from the European Council until democracy is restored in Hungary. According to Jakub Jaraczewski, Polish media are reporting about unverified e-mails exchanged between PM Mateusz Morawieck, Michał Dworczyk, and the Tribunal’s President Julia Przyłębska. It seems that even relatively mundane cases are being consulted with the government. By the end of this year, EU will cut funds to Hungary because of rule of law violations. United Kingdom: backsliding on Human Rights must be prevented. Read Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović’s preliminary conclusions.

  • Newshound for 04 July 2022
  • Ursula von der Leyen has declared that the Commission has not yet completed its assessment but she confirmed that the new Polish law on the Supreme Court is not in line with RRF milestones. Poland’s MFA has admitted that it did not execute European Court of Human Rights’ judgment because it claims that Article 6 of the ECHR is unconstitutional. Frans Timmermans states that the legislation prepared and voted in the Polish parliament does not comply with the milestones that they had set. John Morijn argues that the EU institutions have developed many political and policy tools meant to protect the rule of law but they are not even trying to use them against Hungary.

  • Newshound for 01 July 2022
  • Today the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union begins. On 28 and 29 June, the European Court of Justice held a hearing concerning the rule of law in Poland and the streaming is now available. Věra Jourová expanded on the statement made yesterday during the hearing of the EP’s INGE Special Committee. Laurent Pech has shared letters from 5 Commissioners to Ursula von der Leyen in relation to the Poland's RRP. Our CEO Garvan Walshe was interviewed by Hungarian independent news site 24.hu at the Unhack Democracy Conference. He said Hungary’s system was unfair, but a well-organised opposition could still remove Orban next time.

  • Newshound for 30 June 2022
  • European Commissioner Věra Jourová has affirmed that Poland has not reached the milestones for the recovery and resilience plan. Judiciary in Poland: an ongoing decay of the rule of law, writes Professor Maciej Taborowski. The Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union is planning to organise a hearing about the situation of the Rule of law in Hungary in October under the Article 7 procedure.

  • Newshound for 29 June 2022
  • Polish government has until tomorrow to fulfill the European Commission's milestones. Today, the European Court of Human Rights has handed down its judgment the M.D. and Others v. Spain case. The ECtHR has held that Spain has violated Art. 8 ECHR. Morawiecki’s government will not make public who exactly will receive PLN 164 billion from the EU Recovery Fund. After 4 years of research, professor Laurent Pech has published his rule of law ReconnectEU project deliverable.

  • Newshound for 28 June 2022
  • The Hungarian Government has sent its response to the European Commission’s letter of conditionality on the rule of law. With 295 votes in favor, the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will now proceed to the next stage. Former Convervative Prime Minister Theresa May criticises the Bill and describes it as a breach of international law.

  • Newshound for 27 June 2022
  • On 28 and 29 June, the European Court of Justice will be holding a hearing concerning the rule of law in Poland. A new rule of law case against Polan before the European Court of Human Rights concerning the suspension of a judge by an illegal Disciplinary Chamber has just been communicated.

  • Newshound for 24 June 2022
  • Yesterday, EU leaders agreed to give EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. EU leaders have also discussed EU membership perspective of the Western Balkans, EU support to Ukraine and the global food security crisis. Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden resigned after the party’s crashing double by-election loss in a single night. Our rule of law conference organised by John Morijn took place this afternoon.

  • Newshound for 23 June 2022
  • Today, EU leaders are gathering in Brussels for a European Council meeting. On Friday 24 June, conversations between rule of law heroes at the University of Groningen. Professor Mark Elliot analyses the UK Government proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a Bill of Rights. Overwhelming majority for support of granting candidate status to Ukraine in the European Parliament today.

  • Newshound for 22 June 2022
  • On 23-24 June, European leaders will meet for a European Council meeting in Brussels. Case C-657/21: the European Parliament has withdrawn its action against the European Commission on the rule of law conditionality mechanism. The UK government is to set out a bill to reduce the power of the ECtHR on the UK, making clear that the UK Supreme Court is the ultimate judicial decision-maker on human rights issues. Poland’s rule of law breakdown: the ECtHR has communicated 16 new complaints to Poland.

  • Newshound for 21 June 2022
  • Professor Laurent Pech analyses how Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to approve Poland’s recovery and resilience plan despite its continuous violations of the ECJ’s rulings makes the Commission complicit in the attacks against the rule of law. On Friday 24 June, the Our Rule of Law team will host open panel conversations at the University of Groningen. Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of PiS, has resigned from his post as deputy prime minister.

  • Newshound for 20 June 2022
  • Emmanuel Macron has lost his parliamentary majority and according to EU law professor Alberto Alemanno, the outcome of the French parliamentary elections has consequences for both France and Europe’s future. As noted by Josep Borrell Fontelles, Denmark has joined the Common Security and Defence Policy after 30 years of opting out. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls to end unanimity in EU foreign policy decisions.

  • Newshound for 17 June 2022
  • The European Commission has presented its recommendation to give Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership. According to EU law professor Alberto Alemanno, this is a purely symbolic gesture. During their visit to Kyiv, Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron, Mario Draghi and Klaus Iohannis showed their support for the immediate status as EU candidate of Ukraine. Economic and Financial Affairs Council approves Poland's Recovery Plan.

  • Newshound for 16 June 2022
  • The European Court of Human Rights has established that Poland violated the right of access to a court and freedom of expression of judge Waldemar Żurek. The hearing of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal scheduled for 21 June, has been called off. Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron and Mario Draghi are in Kyiv to meet Zelensky.

  • Newshound for 15 June 2022
  • The European Court of Human Rights has granted an urgent interim measure to stop deportation in case concerning asylum-seeker’s imminent removal from the UK to Rwanda. The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against the United Kingdom for not complying with significant parts of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and breaking international law. MEP Sophie in 't Veld affirms the European Commission is ignoring the European Court of Justice's rulings.

  • Newshound for 14 June 2022
  • Polish President Duda has signed an amendment to the law on the Supreme Court that abolishes the contested Disciplinary Chamber for judges. MEP Guy Verhofstadt, member of the Renew Europe group, calls for the abolition of the veto. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič affirms the EU-UK relationship must be based on the full respect of legally binding commitments. The European Commission will recommend granting Ukraine official status as an EU candidate country.

  • Newshound for 13 June 2022
  • The U.K. govt will present a bill to give U.K. ministers powers to override the Northern Ireland protocol. The EU considers this a breach of international law. Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland Zbigniew Ziobro says his party does not feel obligated to implement all milestones to unblock EU funds.

  • Newshound for 10 June 2022
  • MEPs call on the European Union and its Member States to include the right to abortion in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Polish parliament passes bill to eliminate disciplinary chamber but rejects opposition amendments, undermining the meeting of the milestones agreed with the EU to unblock its funds. The European Council will discuss the revision of Treaties and the enlargement of the European Union.

  • Newshound for 09 June 2022
  • The European Parliament voted to call for a Convention to revise the EU’s governing treaties. EU law professor Alberto Alemanno has analyzed the effect of the possible motion of censure against Ursula von der Leyen. Despite pressure at the EU level for compliance with the rule of law, Polish Parliament rejected all Senate’s amendments to the law on the Supreme Court.

  • Newshound for 08 June 2022
  • Despite the dissent in the European Parliament, the President of the EU Commission underlines that the disbursement of funds is subject to the achievement of the milestones. The lower house of the Russian parliament votes to break with the European Court of Human Rights, which puts an end to its jurisdiction in the country. On Monday, UK Conservative Party’s MPs voted on whether they want Boris Johnson to remain the Party’s leader and 41 percent of the Conservative Party’s MPs refused to support him.

  • Newshound for 07 June 2022
  • During the European Parliament's plenary session, the rule of law and the potential approval of the Polish national Recovery Plan (RRF) will be discussed. MEPs from the Renew Europe Group have launched a call to gather signatures for a motion of censure on the Commission. Polish and international civil society organisations have sent a letter to the President of the Commission and the Commissioners responsible for the Rule of Law, requesting an infringement action.

  • Newshound for 03 June 2022
  • Ursula von der Leyen visited Poland and announced the Poland's recovery and resilience plan will be approved once the established conditions will be fulfilled. Viktor Orbán's blockade to exclude Patriarch Kirill from the EU’s sixth sanction package hurts his credibility.

  • Newshound for 02 June 2022
  • EU Commission has accepted Poland's Recovery Plan. The Annex to the EU Commission’s decision to approve Poland’s Recovery Plan sets a clear deadline for judicial reforms. Jakub Jaraczewski shares his point of view on the rule of law situation in Poland. Hungarian Prime Minister refused to vote on EU sanctions against Patriarch Kirill.

  • Newshound for 01 June 2022
  • EU Commission is set to approve Poland's recovery plan. LIBE Committee Chair summoning Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the Commission's intentions. EU sanctions on Russian oil are not enough for Ukraine.

  • Newshound for 31 May 2022
  • EU leaders agreed on sixth sanctions package. Polish rule of law defenders ask Ursula von der Leyen not to give up on implementation of CJEU judgments in Poland. Viktor Orbán dropped his veto on Russian oil ban after a compromise was reached. International Commission of Jurists condemns declaration of state of emergency by Hungary.

  • Newshound for 30 May 2022
  • EU Council special meeting on Ukraine, defence, energy and food security. Polish judges ask the EU institutions to restore the rule of law in Poland. Bankholding will help Vitkor Orbán to make his regime enduring. EU Commission is requested to clarify criteria for EU funds.

  • Newshound for 27 May 2022
  • Polish Parliament approves the abolition of the Disciplinary Chamber. Jakub Jaraczewski shares his theories on that.

  • Newshound for 26 May 2022
  • CJEU will hear 6 cases concerning rule of law in Poland in June. MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld affirms that the rule of law is not up for negotiation. Viktor Orbán declares state of emergency, obliging large companies to pay extra profits into government funds.

  • Newshound for 25 May 2022
  • The National Council of the Judiciary of Poland has a new president. MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld press conference at European Parliament's Liaison Office in Valletta. EU Commission executive vice-president affirms Poland might soon receive funds.

  • Newshound for 24 May 2022
  • The European Council held a hearing on the values of the Union in Hungary (Article 7(1) TEU procedure). President of MEDEL, Filipe César Marques, will give a speech on EU fundamental values at COSAC working gropu. Viktor Orbán declares state of emergency over crisis caused by Ukraine war.

  • Newshound for 23 May 2022
  • EU to cut more funds from Poland, the European Committee of Justice delegation to Malta to take stock of the rule of law, Viktor Orban's speech at CPAC and a reflection about why the rule of law mechanism is punishing Hungary and sparing Poland.

  • Newshound for 20 May 2022
  • Rule of law crisis in Poland is breaking down the foundation of the EU legal order. Inside the opposition’s crushing defeat against Viktor Orbán - an investigation carried out by Direkt36 journalists.

  • Newshound for 19 May 2022
  • MEP Terry Reintke’s rule of law report has been largely adopted. MEP Anna Júlia Donáth supports the Hungarian society and makes three proposals for the forthcoming third rule of law report.

  • Newshound for 18 May 2022
  • Polish president against EU freezing money for Hungary. Today EU Parliament plenary session on Commission’s 2021 Rule of law report. No recovery money to Poland without a reform of the judicial system, Ursula von der Leyen affirms.

  • Newshound for 17 May 2022
  • EU Commission President says Poland’s EU funds to be unblocked only after reforms to judicial system. MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld organises an event to discuss on the rule of law crisis. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee takes stock of further backsliding on Rule of law ahead of the Council’s fourth Article7 hearing.