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The European Comission count on the Article 7 of the Treaty and the infringement procedures to punish the Member States that violate the principles and values ​​on which the European Union is based and from now on it also has an annual analysis on the rule of law health with which it aims to prevent authoritarian drifts in the Member States such as those identified in Hungary and Poland.

“If the rule of law is in jeopardy, the entire community building is in jeopardy. What happens in one Member State impacts all the others. We want to identify problems at an early stage and this is a more & rdquor; tool, explained the Commissioner of Justice, Didier Reynders, about an exercise that will serve to examine judicial systems, the fight against corruption, he pluralism and freedom of the media and others essential checks and balances for the functioning of democracies.

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This first review finds numerous shortcomings in a long list of countries. Since Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia until Italy or Spain. But if there are two countries that are repeated over and over again in the report, they are Poland and Hungary. In the Polish case, Brussels criticizes the lack of judicial independence among many other issues. In Hungarian, press freedom violations with “systemic obstructions & rdquor; and “bullying & rdquor; to the independent media. A negative balance rejected from Budapest.

As explained by the European Commission, the report will be used as a basis for debate in the Council, which will examine the first five countries on their behalf. “It is absurd and false and cannot serve as the basis for an in-depth discussion in the EU & rdquor ;, the Hungarian minister has rejected Judit Varga one day after requesting the resignation of the Vice-President of the Commission, Vera Jourová.

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