“In addition to rule of law being one of its fundamental values, respect for the rule of law in the Member States is also vital for the functioning of the EU legal system,” our Research Affiliate, Petra Bard said to Mandiner, a Hungarian online portal.
The portal conducted a double interview with her and Akos Bence Gat from the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and the National University of Public Service about rule of law in the European Union. Petra Bard talked about historical perspectives and mentioned that the 1973 Copenhagen Declaration on European Identity already contained rule of law.
“The political debate did intensify in the early 2010s, but I think the reason for this is that certain EU principles, including the rule of law, are being violated,” she said.
“The rule of law is a fluid concept, there is no ideal formula for achieving it,” she continued, adding that “it is not possible to set up a detailed set of requirements for each state like a shopping list.”
Read the full interview (in Hungarian) here.