Call for SAR members to contribute to European Commission public consultation on the Rule of Law

The European Commission has launched a consultation to gather information on the rule of law across its 27 Member States. The information received will feed into the Commission’s 2022 Rule of Law Report, the third in a series of reports at the centre of the Commission’s Rule of Law Mechanism. This yearly reporting cycle is intended to promote the rule of law and prevent problems from emerging or deepening across the European Union. It is an important opportunity to insert data and information on relevant infringements on academic freedom and university autonomy, within this reporting process. Participating in this consultation is especially important this year, as the 2022 Report will for the first time contain specific recommendations for Member States. A resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the 24, June 2021 called for the scope of the report to be expanded to explicitly include all aspects of freedom of expression, including academic freedom.  These are welcome developments, for which SAR Europe advocated. To ensure the report effectively captures challenges to academic freedom and threats to academics, students, scientists, and researchers in Europe, SAR is encouraging wide participation in this consultation. The consultation is available online until 24 January 2022. Please contact sareurope@mu.ie if interested in coordinating or contributing to a submission.

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