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The European Parliament has sued the European Commission, calling on the bloc’s executive body to do more to enforce democratic oversight in the wake of a series of controversial decisions by the European Council of member states.
The move comes in the wake of the Commission’s successful decision to block a plan by Budapest to build an “Apartheid Wall” that would have cut across the country’s southern border with Serbia.
In a letter addressed to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the deputies from the Greens-European Free Alliance faction said they hoped the legal complaint would “open the door to further action.”
In a reply to the Parliament, the Commission said it was unlikely to further probe EU member states’ actions as part of a regular check-up report on the European Union’s actions.
“There is no additional check on decisions already published in this report,” the Commission said.
Launched in 2015, the report is currently available to EU institutions including the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission.
The ‘Rule of Law’ report is divided into six parts, the most recent published in June this year.
In its response, the Commission rejected the claims by the Greens that the “Rule of Law” report was ineffective and insisted it had paid appropriate attention to accusations of excessive executive power.
“The Committee has not even offered any proof that there has been a failure in the implementation of the Report,” the Commission said in a statement.
“The Committee is supposed to review the relationship between the EU institutions and the national governments. That it has instead actively proposed to change the relationship between the Council and the Commission is a problem with the content of the Report.”
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Lawmaker Helen Dixon, who has led the lawsuit against the Commission, said in a letter to Juncker: “The last report has little to show for having been completed in less than three years.”
“While the EPP member states have massively increased their powers, failing to contain uncontrolled financial flows, dismantling EU-wide taxes, and increasingly undermining fundamental rights, the response from the Commission is to simply blame the member states.”