The Bundesrat

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS 2020 Rule of Law Report The rule of law situation in the European Union

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Scrutiny date: 06/11/2020

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06/11/2020 | Scrutiny results - COM20200580


The Bundesrat welcomes the close involvement of the Länder in the preparation of the Report on the Rule of Law 2020 on Germany, and in particular the direct exchange (country visits) with representatives of the Commission. It assumes that the judicial authorities of the Länder will continue to be closely involved in the preparation of the annual report at an early stage. However, it expects longer deadlines for feedback on the justice systems of the Länder in the future and demands that information surveys be reduced to the minimum necessary.


The Bundesrat shares the Commission's assessment that the rule of law is a generally recognised principle, which is essentially the same EU-wide despite differences in national identities, legal systems, and traditions (“unity in diversity”).


In respect to the Rule of Law Report 2020, the Bundesrat hopes that the country-specific discussions will contribute to an improved understanding of the rule of law and an increase in awareness of problems and significant developments. Irrespective of this, the Bundesrat calls on the Commission, the Council of the EU, and the European Council to pursue any violation of the rule of law with all means at their disposal.


The Bundesrat emphasises that the Rule of Law Reports and an exchange in the Council are not a conclusive answer to the state of the rule of law in some EU Member States and hence the acute crisis in which the EU as a community based on the rule of law finds itself. Should the existing instruments and the new instrument prove to be ineffective in the long-term, one will need to consider other, more effective instruments in the context of a treaty amendment. The Bundesrat points out that a community based on the rule of law in which individual Member States do not share fundamental values is not sustainable in the long-term.


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