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Direct from the European Commission.

There is an end to the five-year on December 1, 2014 Stockholm Programme of the European Council and its Action Plan, the Commission ( IP/10/447 ), identifying priorities in the area of freedom, security and justice are established. Transition also ends that had been committed. In the Lisbon Treaty concerning justice Therefore, the Commission presented in Annex future package that will be submitted to the Council on 26 June 2014.


  • Mutual trust should be the basis of justice policies of the EU (eg EU instruments such as the European arrest warrant and the rules relating to conflicts between Member States)
  • It should be a priority to continue to take that EU citizens encounter when they exercise their right to freedom of movement and residence. In another EU country, the obstacles
  • Companies must be assured that they are an efficient way to enforce compliance with contracts across the EU and disputes can make without the problems it while still experiencing now pending.


In order to cope with the threats to which the rule system is exposed in each of the 28 Member States, the European Commission adopted a new framework today. The new framework for the rule of law complements the infringement proceedings – which apply when EU law is not respected – and the so-called “Article 7 procedure” of the Lisbon Treaty, the new framework provides a tool early warning.. With this, the Commission and the MemberState concerned may consult in order to prevent systemic threats escalate. When offering the new framework of the EU law no solution, 7 is always the last resort to resolve a crisis and to ensure that European values ​​are observed. The new framework makes visible how the Commission exercises its role under the Treaties. No new powers for the Commission created or claimed.

Examples of system threats in recent years: Attempt to dismantle (Romania), attempt to undermine (Hungary) the independence of judges to the Constitutional   Court.


The Stockholm Programme, which in 2010-2014 was decisive for the policy in the area of home affairs, is nearing its end. Therefore, the Commission now presents a strategic vision for the future priorities for Home Affairs: the agreed legislation and existing instruments should be fully implemented and the EU to respond to new opportunities and challenges.

What improvements are possible?

  • Synergies with other policies (such as trade) can be improved,
  • the movement of highly skilled service can be better controlled,
  • a structured dialogue on labor migration can be set up with Member States, industry and trade unions,
  • the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and skills can be simplified,
  • and that more work can be made ​​of the integration of migrants into the labor market and the host societies at large.


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