EUROPEAN PARTIES UNDER SCRUTINY
Professors Alberto Alemanno and Laurent Pech ask the EP to verify ACRE’s continuing compliance with EU Values
London/Paris, 20 September 2018 – On 18 September 2018, the Council of the EU held a second formal hearing under Article 7(1) TEU on the rule of law in Poland. In the continuing absence of any meaningful answers by the Polish government to the multiple and serious concerns identified in the Commission’s reasoned proposal under Article 7(1) TEU and previously identified in the Commission’s four Rule of Law Recommendations (the first of which was adopted on 27 July 2016), the Council has agreed to “return to this issue”.
The attached letter by Professors Alberto Alemanno and Laurent Pech was sent earlier today to the European Parliament. In their letter, Professors Alemanno and Pech call on the European Parliament to request from the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations that it verifies the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe’s continuing compliance with values on which the Union is founded (Article 2 TEU).
For Professors Alberto Alemanno and Laurent Pech, there is ample evidence that the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) has failed to comply with the conditions for registration laid down in the EU Regulation on the statute and funding of European political parties, since at least the activation of the so-called “pre-Article 7 procedure” by the European Commission on 13 January 2016.
This is why they call on the European Parliament to ask the Authority to immediately request from the so-called committee of independent eminent persons an opinion on a possible “manifest and serious breach of the values on which the EU is founded” by the ACRE in light of its persistent failure to take any meaningful action or adopt any sanction against Poland’s “Law and Justice” Party (PiS), Poland’s ruling party and a member of the ACRE. It would then for the Authority to subsequently verify, on the basis of opinion of the committee of independent eminent persons, whether the ACRE should be deregistered as a European political party.
Background: The Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations has the power to check whether a European political party or foundation is observing the basic European values laid down in Article 2 TEU, as set out by the Regulation on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations. It can then deregister a European Political Party with the effect of limiting its political operation and denying access to funding.
Legislative reference: Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations
Please find the letter addressed to the Authority here:
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Alberto Alemanno firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurent Pech L.Pech@mdx.ac.uk