Values and rights, rule of law, security
#TheFutureIsYours Looking after citizens’ freedoms
The Democratic Principle and the Defence of the EU’s Fundamental Values.
Chat-Debate Date: 11 November 2021 Time: 16-17.30 Rapporteur: Professor Dr. Carlos Javier Moreiro González, Professor of Public International Law, Carlos III University of Madrid.
Ronda de Toledo, 1 28005 Madrid
Event reportConclusions of the COFE/UC3M Campus of Puerta de Toledo (Madrid), 11/11/2021 Prof. Carlos Javier Moreiro González In a context marked by the chronification of the COVID Pandemic, strong geopolitical tensions in part of the external border of the European Union, and some macroeconomic uncertainty, the convening and operation of the COFE is a relevant success. Although the objectives of the Conference Agenda are in themselves very ambitious, the issues relating to the panel “European Democracy/Values and Rights, Rule of Law and Security” are likely to be implemented, for the most part, in the short and medium term. However, two levels of implementation can be distinguished: the level of the legal-institutional system of the Union and that of its Member States. At supranational level, it is foreseeable that a strengthening of the democratic principle can be achieved both with regard to representative democracy (the role of European political parties, drawing up lists in elections to the European Parliament, extending the right to vote and stand as a candidate for Union citizens, etc.) and participatory democracy (refining the regime on citizens’ legislative initiative, strengthening the dialogue between the European Commission and organised civil society, etc.). Mechanisms to combat financial corruption and institutional cooperation could also be improved to increase transparency and accountability. However, it seems more complex to establish common thresholds for the application of the democratic principle and the safeguarding of the values enshrined in Article 2 TEU at Member State level. This is due both to the lack of a substantive account of the supranational content of these values, which hardly complements the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union, and to the marked political nature of the mechanism provided for in the second paragraph of Article 7 TEU. For the sake of completeness, the persistent rejection of the principle of the primacy of EU law by the supreme jurisdictions of several Member States makes it more difficult to quantify supranational standards for the recognition and protection of fundamental rights, which are an essential element in drawing up the aforementioned account on the legal dimensions of the Union’s values.
Report inappropriate content
Is this content inappropriate?