The Clingendael Institute organised, together with the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), an expert lunch workshop ‘From Broadening to Managing the Rule of Law Agenda’ in Brussels on Tuesday December 6.
The EU is currently attempting to get a better grip on the rule of law with various initiatives. The latest is the European Parliament’s proposal of a Union Pact for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights. This expert discussion aimed at exploring a different, complementary, approach: the relevance of a management perspective related to multilevel capacity-building (national, network, and European levels). Central in the discussion were questions such as: i) does the EU actually have the management capacities and willingness to improve national rule of law institutions? ; ii) does the EU have the instruments to discuss the quality of the many national institutions that define the quality of rule of law in member states? ; iii) is the rule of law agenda failing where the Eurozone agenda is starting to succeed – and if so, why? ; iv) which national institutions need to be targeted? ; v) what role does this demand from the Commission and the European Parliament?
12.30: Light lunch and opening Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute
12:35 – 12:45: Opening Remarks by The EU’s management deficit: from the internal market to the rule of law Adriaan Schout, Coordinator Europe, the Clingendael Institute, and Michiel Luining, Researcher, the Clingendael Institute
12:45 – 13.00: Feedback, comment and link to The European Pact for democracy, human rights and the rule of law by Sophie in ‘T Veld, Rapporteur on the EU Mechanism on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Discussion Conclusions
13.45-14.00: Conclusions by Jan Marinus Wiersma, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute
For more details and information, you can download the draft policy paper below. This paper has been discussed during the workshop.