Protection of Rule of Law While Protecting Rule of Law

Who Guards the Guardian?




Rule of law, judicial review, Article 7 TEU, Conditionality regulation, EU Budget, European Union


The paper focuses on judicial review of political or quasi-political/quasi-legal decisions or other acts of the institutions of the EU involved in following procedures designed to protect the value of rule of law: a) mechanism for protection of values under Art. 7 of the Treaty on European Union and b) measures adopted within the conditionality for the protection of the EU budget (Regulation 2020/2029). At a first sight, the difference between the judicial review of measures aimed to protect rule of law in the Member States under Art. 7 TEU and under Regulation 2020/2029 can appear straightforward: a limited procedural review of measures adopted under Art 7 TEU due to specific powers stipulated in Art. 269 TFEU and full judicial review of measures adopted under Regulation 2020/2029. However, notwithstanding different structures, and uncertainties stemming from the wording of the Treaties, the Treaties provide a comprehensive framework of judicial control of analyzed types of measures aimed to avoid backsliding rule of law in the Member States

Author Biography

Ondrej Blažo, Comenius University Bratislava

Institute of European Law
Comenius University Bratislava
Faculty of Law
Šafárikovo nám. 6
810 00 Bratislava, Slovakia


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How to Cite

Blažo, O. (2022). Protection of Rule of Law While Protecting Rule of Law: Who Guards the Guardian?. Slovak Yearbook of European Union Law, 2, 51–60.




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