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Liberties Rule of Law Report 2024

18 Mar 2024

This is the fifth edition of Liberties’ coordinated report on the state of rule of law in the EU. The report lays out the most striking developments concerning the rule of law, democracy and related fundamental rights in 2023 in 19 countries across the EU, namely Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germyn, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Thirty-seven civil society organisations and one independent human rights expert from across the EU contributed to the research, which looked into a wide range of areas including the functioning of justice systems, the anti-corruption framework, media freedom, pluralism and safety of journalists, checks and balances, civic space and human rights defenders and systemic human rights violations affecting the rule of law. Besides pulling together all the individual country reports drafted by member and partner organisations, the report includes an overview of general trends on the rule of law in the EU compiled by Liberties. It also formulates detailed recommendations addressed to both national governments and the EU institutions on how to address the shortcomings identified in each of the areas covered, and suggests how the European Commission could improve the impact of its monitoring exercise.
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