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Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

Bulgaria and Romania have joined the European Union on January 1st 2007, but under the condition to continue the reforms in the area of justice and rule of law. The compromise was sealed by a special monitoring mechanism, called Control and Verification Mechanism (CVM). Under that mechanism the European Commission monitors the implementation of reforms in several benchmarks and makes recommendations. Each year, the Commission presents a general report in July and an interim document in the beginning of the year.

2 June 2016 13:42 Commission Struck a Snag With Poland

Poland is not moved the least bit by the European Commission’s attempts to explain to Warsaw that it has commitments to the rule of law, stemming from Article 2 of the Treaty of the EU. Ever since January, when the EC officially started a procedure against Poland due to concerns ...

23 March 2016 10:48 Deal with Turkey, Five Principles of Policy towards Russia, New Tension between Serbs and Croats

Last week was a stormy week in the EU. Leaders of member states have surprisingly easy approved the deal with Turkey, according to which it looks like the EU is not fully selling its soul. Although the main principles of the framework, agreed on a week earlier remain, th ...

17 February 2016 19:14 Juncker, Romania, and the CVM Walk into a Bar...

One statement of EC president Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg, EPP) ruffled some feathers and further inflamed the already hot political atmosphere in Bulgaria. Following his meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș in Brussels Mr Juncker stated in front of journalists that Bulgaria an ...

27 January 2016 11:38 Euroscepticism Masked as Patriotism in the Poland Debate or 1:0 for Pro-Europeans

The debate on rule of law in Poland, which took place during the plenary meeting of the EP on January 19th in Strasbourg, did not achieve its goal of bringing more clarity on whether the “Law and Justice” government is following in Viktor Orbán’s footsteps, but did ...

8 January 2016 07:57 Poland Is the First to Test the Weakness of the New Rule of Law Mechanism

After the convincing victory in the parliamentary elections in October 2015, the government of the Polish Law and Justice party started down the same path that Hungary was on under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whose party Fidesz had won a huge victory that secured consti ...

22 April 2016 10:32 Corruption Prevents Visa Waiver to Canada for Bulgarians and Romanians

The EU badly wants to be treated as a single entity, but it keeps not happening. From the outside the Union still looks like a collection of states with different development and, therefore, with a different approach toward them. Visa policies make no exception. On this subject the EU is about ...

18 March 2016 10:49 What Does Bulgaria See in the CVM Mirror?

Bulgarian MEPs from three political groups (EPP, Socialists and Democrats, ALDE) requested the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), with which Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU in 2007. This happened during an outrageous debate in the Committee on Civ ...

29 January 2016 10:04 Problems In Bulgaria Are Systemic, In Romania - Political

If you could summarise the contents of the European Commission reports under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), published January 27th, in two sentences they would sound something like:  - Bulgaria: Something could start to happen - Romania: Something is happening ...

14 January 2016 09:02 European Commission Starts a Battle with Poland with Unknown Ending

The European Commission took on the Poland challenge and announced it is going to investigate whether the reigning champion of Eastern Europe in the transition from totalitarian to democratic system is doing a U-turn. The EU has begun 2016 entering a Polish mode, which will put to the test the y ...

15 December 2015 19:23 Reform of Judiciary in Bulgaria Is Impossible. Will History Forgive EU?

“Although today is a day, in which major steps towards rule of law are going to be made, this vote now has become a major symbolic step towards the doubt that more and more in Bulgaria we can talk of the rule of the Prosecutor General”. The words are of Bulgaria Justice Minister Hris ...

 
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#Turkey It's worrying that a lot of media outlets have been closed and a lot of journalists have been arrested. It is very important the Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law and human rights, the Commission said
28 July 2016 12:21
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The @EU_Commission has decided not to impose fines on #Spain and #Portugal for violating the fiscal rules because of the severe social situation in both countries
27 July 2016 13:59
Adelina Marini Pierre #Moscovici: All three options, including cancelling the fine, are entirely within the rules
27 July 2016 14:30
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The @EU_Commission has decided today to send a rule of law recommendation to #Poland, first Vice President Frans Timmermans (The Netherlands, ALDE) said
27 July 2016 13:21
Adelina Marini #Timmermans: We're all very concerned with the developments in #Turkey. I hope Turkey will stick to democracy and rule of law
27 July 2016 13:36
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