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United Kingdom: backsliding on Human Rights must be prevented. Read Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović’s preliminary conclusions at the end of a 5-day visit to the UK focusing on the system for human rights protection, the situation in Northern Ireland, and Children’s rights. The proposed repeal and replacement of the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights, if voted through, will affect the human rights of everyone in the UK. Read more.

Source: Commissioner for Human Rights

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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. In his response, Michel affirms that the composition of the European Council is defined by the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) and it may not be changed where such a change is not provided for by the Treaties. However, as noted by EU law professor Alberto Alemanno, Article 7(3) TEU as well as Article 50 TEU may lead to exclusion. Read more.

Source: Alberto Alemanno

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According to Jakub Jaraczewski, Polish media are reporting about unverified e-mails exchanged between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawieck, Michał Dworczyk (minister heading PM Chancellery), and the Tribunal’s President Julia Przyłębska. The emails reveal that the government was discussing the dates of Constitutional Tribunal judgments and values which seemingly were the potential costs to the state budget of each judgment. As he noted, it seems that even relatively mundane cases are being consulted with the government, presumably to ensure that the Tribunal’s activity won’t burden the government financially. Read his thread.

Source: Jakub Jaraczewski

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By the end of this year, EU will cut funds to Hungary because of rule of law violations. But how much? Tomorrow at 10h30am MEP Daniel Freund will present the results of his questions to R. Daniel Kelemen, Kim Lane Scheppele and John Morijn. Access the results.

Source: Daniel Freund

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