Dear Mr. Didier Reynders and team,
Global Focus and Nyt Europa, representing civil society in Denmark, attended a meeting on September 22 with the Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Didier Reynders. This meeting focused on the recommendations of the European Commission's 2023 Rule of Law Report and provided a platform for input and suggestions for next year's report.
In accordance with the agreements reached during the meeting, we are now formally presenting our requests for the next year's Rule of Law report to Commissioner Didier Reynders.
We urge the Commission to actively involve civil society in the process, both prior to and following the report's publication. We pledge our commitment to contribute to the report, utilising resources from our National Human Rights Institutions and other data sources such as CIVICUS. However, our contribution can only be effective if the broader civil society is fully informed about the Commission’s work on the rule of law and has opportunities to engage with its findings.
We appreciate the Commission's invitation and openness to promote the report's recommendations. However, we note that this invitation was not extended to other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). We therefore urge the Commission to broaden its engagement by including additional civil society actors, particularly those CSOs working on the subjects targeted in the report.
Improving the rule of law in Denmark necessitates a strengthening of monitoring capacity and engagement in EU processes. In this regard, Commissioner Reynders and the Commission for Justice have a vital role to play in fostering wider involvement and engagement.
We hope that the DG Justice will take notice of the following recommendations to include in the next years’ report as was presented at the meeting 22 September
We hope that our input will be valuable in shaping the next Rule of Law report and look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue with the Commission. We trust that our collective efforts will contribute to the ongoing strengthening of the rule of law in Denmark.
On behalf of the team working on Fundamental Rights Initiative co-funded by the EU
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