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Reminder that the European Commission's presser following today's College of Commissioners meeting will focus on the release of the 2021 EU Rule of Law report, with Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova hosting alongside Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders.

  • Due to start at around 1500CET (0900ET, 1400BST), with livestream here.
  • The focus of observers is set to rest on the Commission's stance towards what critics have argued is significant backsliding on democratic values in Hungary and Poland.
  • The report is set to lambast both countries regarding allegations of corruption, concerning judicial reforms, and crackdowns on freedom of the press.
  • The European Parliament has pushed for both countries to be subject to full Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, that would suspend each nation's voting rights and potentially withdraw EU structural funding.
  • Rule of Law reports have done little to influence Warsaw or Budapest's actions in the past, and with political ally to both nations, Slovenia, holding the rotating presidency of the European Council until end-2021 they can be assured of support from the top for at least the next five months.