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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.

19 September 2016 14:44 Is Poland Headed toward Triggering Article 7?

Last week the subject of rule of law in Poland once again got onto the agenda, after the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, who is responsible for the rule of law, reported to Members of the European Parliament on what was (not) achieved in the dialogue ...

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 ...

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 ...

 
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Adelina Marini
#ECON In minutes will begin the regular dialogue w/ #ECB chief Mario #Draghi in the economic committee of the European Parliament. Stay tuned for live updates or watch live here euinsi.de/LozD
26 September 2016 16:07
Adelina Marini #Draghi: The monetary policy decisions of March are not entirely implemented because we have two more TLTROs
26 September 2016 17:52
Adelina Marini
The Council of the EU has tasked the Commission to submit an opinion on #Bosnia and Herzegovina's application for EU membership. This is a sort of consent the European integration process of #BiH to deepen. This consent, however, comes with a condition. In their conclusions, the ministers ask the Commission to pay special attention on the implementation of the ruling on the Sejdic-Finci case. This was the first pre-condition for the continuation of BiH's integration process before the change of approach. In the conclusions, there's no single word about the upcoming referendum in the Republika Sprska this Sunday. You can read the full text of the conclusions here euinsi.de/xBR9
20 September 2016 12:34
Adelina Marini
#euco Good day from #Bratislava! The sirens and the blocked city centre this morning created a sense of Brussels. The leaders of the EU member states (without UK) have gathered in the Slovak capital city to try to find a solution to the pile of pressing issues. The drama is that some leaders want an entirely new vision for the EU whereas others insist the summit to deal only with specific issues like security, migration and the creation of a defense union. The 27 are expected to tell each other honestly everything they were so far silent about for various reasons. To some, Brexit was the final drop, to others - it's the stubborn behaviour of leaders with illiberal views. The organisers' plan is the summit to draw a 6-month plan for restoration of the sense of unity. So, prepare for a long summit which might not end so optimistically as President Donald Tusk wanted before its start
16 September 2016 11:24
Adelina Marini #BratislavaSummit Tusk: Bulgaria is a good example of the change of our approach. This means that all member states are ready to support Bulgaria for the effective control of the border with Turkey
16 September 2016 20:11
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