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Title: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament of 15 October 2003 on Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union: Respect for and promotion of values on which the Union is based
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Publisher: European Commission
Files: Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union.pdf
Abstract: Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) enshrines respect for human dignity and human rights, liberty, democracy, equality and the rule of law as the common values of the European Union. Article 7 of the same treaty establishes a prevention mechanism in the event of a risk of a breach of these common values by an EU member state, and a penalty mechanism in the event of an actual breach. In this Communication to the European Council and the European Parliament of 15 October 2003, the European Commission sought to spell out when the prevention and penalty mechanisms of Article 7 can be activated, and listed the measures which can be taken to prevent such a breach. The Communication stipulates that there must be a 'clear risk of a serious breach' of the values enshrined in Article 2 for the prevention mechanism to be applied, and a 'serious and persistent breach' of those values for the penalty mechanism to be applied. Sources that can serve as basis to determine such risks and breaches include the European Parliament's annual report on the fundamental rights situation in the EU; the annual report on fundamental rights in the EU by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights; the European Commission's annual report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the first of which was produced for 2010; as well as non-governmental organisations, regional and international case law, international organisations, and individual complaints sent to the European Commission and Parliament. Article 7 of the TEU has thus far never been applied.
Publication/ adoption date: 2003-10-15
Language: English
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