Adding a Bite to a Bark? A Story of Article 7, the EU Enlargement, and Jörg Haider
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law
January 4, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/01
The Article 7 mechanism of the Treaty on European Union fills a gap in the Union’s approach to human rights protection by setting up a system of early warning about the risk of breaches of rights in a member State, and of sanctions in the event of determination that such breaches have occurred. This working paper traces the history of discussions and decisions about incorporating this mechanism in the EU treaty system: I emphasize that, at each important stage of the evolution of this mechanism, the prospect of Eastward enlargement of the Union has played an important part. In the minds of the EU decision-makers, the new entrants from Central and Eastern Europe had to be seen with a degree of mistrust, as far as their commitments to human rights, democracy and the rule of law is concerned. In this way, somewhat ironically, the Eastward enlargement of the EU was an important impetus of supranational constitutionalisation of the Union.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: European Union, Treaty on European Union, European law, EU enlargement, Central and Eastern Europe, human rights
JEL Classification: K01. K30, K33
Date posted: January 5, 2010
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