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(30 September 2020) - The European Commission has today published its first EU-wide report on the rule of law.

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Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU.

It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, but important challenges to the rule of law exist in the EU.

It also reflects relevant developments stemming from the emergency measures taken by Member States due to the coronavirus crisis.

The report covers four main pillars with a strong bearing on the rule of law: national justice systems, anti-corruption frameworks, media pluralism and freedom, and other institutional issues related to the checks and balances essential to an effective system of democratic governance.

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