Rule of Law: Commission opens stakeholder consultation for ­ 2021 Rule of Law Report

The European Commission has launched a targeted stakeholder consultation to ask stakeholders for information on developments related to the rule of law in the Member States and in the Union, in view of the preparation of the second annual Rule of Law Report. The objective of the consultation is to feed the Commission’s assessment with factual information on developments on the ground. In the previous edition of the Rule of Law Report, the Commission had successfully carried out the first targeted stakeholder consultation, where over 200 stakeholders provided written input. This included EU agencies, national and European civil society organisations, and professional associations. The Rule of Law Report lies at the heart of the new comprehensive European Rule of Law Mechanism, a preventive tool aimed at promoting the rule of law and preventing challenges from emerging or deteriorating. The first Rule of Law Report was published on 30 September 2020, as one of the key initiatives of the Commission’s work programme for 2020. The consultation is available online until 8 March 2021.