Out With the Old, in With the New: Reform Initiatives for Functioning Rule of Law in the EU

This brief delves into the critical juncture facing the European Union as it grapples with challenges to the rule of law amidst shifting geopolitical dynamics and discussions on future enlargement. Recent proposals from the Franco–German expert group and the European Parliament aim to bolster enforcement mechanisms and streamline decision-making processes to address the rule of law breaches effectively. However, achieving a consensus on these reforms presents significant challenges amidst divergent Member State perspectives. Despite the hurdles, reform initiatives present opportunities to fortify the EU’s commitment to the rule of law, necessitating sustained discussions and diplomatic efforts.

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