Upon an invitation of the European University Institute in Florence – EUI, the President of the Constitutional Court Prof. Dr Rajko Knez participated in a high-level policy dialogue on securing compliance with the rule of law.

In recent years, the fundamental values and principles of the European Union, including the rule of law, have been under increasing pressure. It has become clear that more attention and effort will have to be devoted to ensuring that the rule of law is strengthened and upheld throughout the European Union. The event in Florence brought together a group of distinguished academics and policymakers to contribute to the discussion on the Commission’s initiatives for strengthening and upholding the rule of law in the European Union. The dialogue focused on several important issues, including judicial independence, the role of national independent bodies, which ensure that the functioning of state power remains within the boundaries of the rule of law, freedom of the media, and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the state of the rule of law in EU member states.

President Knez also seized the opportunity to meet with Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Values and Transparency.