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Monitorowanie przestrzegania zasady praworządności w Unii Europejskiej
Monitoring of respect for the Rule of Law in European Union

Author(s): Marcin Kleinowski
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, EU-Legislation
Published by: Instytut Zachodni im. Zygmunta Wojciechowskiego
Keywords: constitutional crisis; rule of law; prevention and sanction mechanisms

Summary/Abstract: Changes to Poland’s constitutional court implemented by the Polish Law and Justice party government have caused a serious constitutional crisis in Poland. Under the Rule of Law Framework European Commission launched a dialogue with the Polish authorities on the rule of law and media independence in Poland. This “procedure” acts as an early warning tool in addition to article 7 TEU mechanisms. This article describes the intervention tools available to the European Union in the event that one of its member states threatens fundamental principles enshrined in article 2 TEU. It also tries to explain how the EU’s rule of law investigation could possibly affect Poland’s position in European Union.

  • Issue Year: 361/2016
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 235-264
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: English, Polish