Measures to contain the corona pandemic are exacerbating existing trends in some EU member states: For years Poland and Hungary have been trying to undermine the independence of the judiciary and to undermine the rule of law in their countries. The rule of law is one of the fundamental values of the EU and a flexible or differentiated interpretation of it is therefore not possible. In the fourth research paper of the Horizon 2020 project EU IDEA, Christophe Hillion, Ivan Damjanovski and Denis Preshova analyze the topic “Uniformity and Differentiation in the Fundamentals of EU Membership: The EU Rule of Law Acquis in the Pre- and Post-accession Contexts”. They also discuss the possibility of more uniform rule of law standards in the EU.
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