|Statement by the Executive Board on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome|
Brussels, 25th March 2017
On the day that the European Union is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, the ENCJ, which unites the Councils for the Judiciary and similar autonomous bodies from the EU Members States, would like to reiterate the following:
The rule of law is at the core of the European Union. It is one of the fundamental values upon which the EU is founded, together with democracy and fundamental rights. These common values have been debated and settled in legislations and laws, enabling peaceful cooperation for the last 60 years. Respect for the rule of law is a prerequisite for the protection of all fundamental values listed in the Treaties, including democracy and fundamental rights.
To uphold and protect the rule of law is a responsibility for both the judiciary and other state powers. The ENCJ calls on the Member States to respect fair and impartial courts, as the key institutions of an independent judiciary.
For the effective implementation of the rule of law, independent and accountable justice systems are needed. The ENCJ strongly believes that today the network is of vital importance to the further development of judiciaries in Europe. The ENCJ will continue its efforts to promote effective judicial systems in terms of efficiency, quality, independence and accountability for the benefit of all.