General Affairs Council discusses strengthening the rule of law
The state of play in negotiations on the multiannual financial framework, preparations for the October European Council and enhancing respect for the rule of law were some of the highlights on the agenda of the General Affairs Council meeting on 16 September.
The Council took stock of progress made in the negotiations on the multiannual financial framework for 2021–2027. The meeting was chaired by Finland’s Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, who also briefed her colleagues on the Presidency’s next steps in the negotiations.
Presidency aims to take rule of law dialogue forward
The ministers held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a discussion paper submitted by Finland, they discussed tangible ways for the Council to promote this objective. This discussion paved the way for the Council’s annual rule of law dialogue at the General Affairs Council in November.
Today's Council meeting provided the chance for all my colleagues from across the EU to exchange ideas about promoting and safeguarding the rule of law. It is important that we deal with all aspects of the debate in a constructive spirit.
– Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister for European affairs of Finland
At their meeting, the ministers discussed EU values in Hungary as part of the procedure referred to in Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union. The procedure was launched by the European Parliament a year ago, when it called on the Council to determine whether there is a risk of a serious breach by Hungary of EU values.
The Commission updated the ministers on the state of play as regards the rule of law in Poland, and the Presidency informed the ministers of the takeaways from the conference on fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy, held in Helsinki on 10 and 11 September.