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Athens, 9 December 2021

Meeting of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament on Rule of Law

The situation of the Rule of Law in the EU was the issue on the agenda of the Inter-Parliamentary meeting organised by the Committee on Covil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament, with the participation of representatives from National Parliaments. The Hellenic Parliament was represented by MPs-members of the Standing Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice Andreas Koutsoumbas and Spyridon Lappas

The meeting foucsed on the conclusions of the second Report by the European Commission regarding the Rule of Law, the process of recommendations to the member states to be introduced this year, and to the mechanism for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights that the European Parliament seeks to establish.

In his speech Mr Koutsoumbas welcomed the European Commission's initiatives for the defence of the Rule of Law, referred to the interventions and reforms that have already been legislated or are being planned and which are problematic in Greece and stressed that it is necessary that the EU contribute to the observance of the rules by non EU-member states as well.

For his part, Mr Lappas stressed that there can be no Democracy without the Rule of Law, he argued that gradually the Report must become a strong guideline that obliges member states to comply, he recognised the progress made in Greece, but expressed his concern about the independence of the Judiciary and the Media and the freedom of the Press. 


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