Newshound for 29 June 2022

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Polish government has until tomorrow to fulfill the European Commission milestones. No recovery money should be transferred before the judiciary is independent again, affirms MEP Daniel Freund. Read more.

Source: Daniel Freund

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Edit Zgut will join the presidential board of Amnesty Hungary! Read her announcement.

Source: Edit Zgut

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Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has handed down its judgment the M.D. and Others v. Spain case today. The ECtHR has held that Spain has violated Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the compiling of files by the police in Catalonia on judges who had expressed certain views on that region’s independence from Spain. Material from the files, including photographs, had been subsequently leaked to the press. Read the decision of the Court. Read the decision of the Court.

Source: European Court of Human Rights

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Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE)’s next cycle runs from October 2022 to June 2024. RARE is co-organised by partners from academia and civil society: the Hertie School, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland. It is an exceptional opportunity for human rights defenders and civic space advocates from across the EU to meet, learn and strategise together. Apply by 24 July 2022 to join the group and take action together for civic space and the rule of law in Europe.

When: from October 2022 to July 2024

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Jakub Jaraczewski recommends interview by Kultura Liberalna with ex judge Jaras Gwizdak, who highlights the problems of the Polish judiciary such as caution by judges, lack of education and swamping the courts with work, lack of long-term planning for reform. Read his thread here.

Source: Jakub Jaraczewski

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Hungary has sent its response to the European Commission’s letter of conditionality on the rule of law yersterday and as noted by Hungarian journalist Katalin Halmai here, the Commission has now one month to decide whether to suspend or continue the procedure.

Source: Katalin Halmai

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After 4 years of research, professor Laurent Pech has published his rule of law ReconnectEU project deliverable. In a context of increasing rule of law backsliding within the EU itself, the European Commission presents the rule of law as ‘a well-established principle’. On the other hand, the Polish and Hungarian national governments have claimed that the rule of law is neither defined in EU law, nor could it be defined in EU law. Professor Pech’s article assesses these conflicting views and analyses the rule of law situation in the European Union. Read it here.

Source: Laurent Pech

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As reported by Rule of law in Poland, Morawiecki’s government will not make public who exactly will receive PLN 164 billion from the EU Recovery Fund. EU regulations do not prevent embezzlement. The European Commission assured that it would make sure that every euro was well spent and that governments were held accountable for all cases of corruption and fraud. Transparency, in particular, was called for by the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted last week, Parliament calls on EU countries to be transparent, arguing that publishing the data will increase public confidence. However, EP resolutions do not have binding legal force. Read the article (PL).

Source: Rule of law in Poland

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