What is being negotiated?
Chapter 23 - Judiciary and Fundamental Rights is one of the most challenging and complex chapters, and dynamic and duration of the negotiation process in this area directly affects progress in other aspects of negotiations with the European Union.
Chapter 23 is divided into four main and interrelated areas: judiciary, fight against corruption, fundamental rights and the rights of EU citizens, which can be further subdivided into a number of sub-areas.
The EU policies in the field of judiciary and fundamental rights aim to maintain and further develop the Union as an area of freedom, security and justice. Establishing an independent and efficient judiciary is of immense importance. Impartiality, integrity and high standards of court judgment are essential to safeguard the rule of law. This requires a strong commitment to offset external influences over the judiciary and ensure adequate funding and training.
Likewise, Member States must effectively combat corruption, which threatens the stability of democratic institutions and the rule of law. A strong legal framework and credible institutions are needed to support a coherent policy of prevention and deterrence corruption. Member States must ensure respect for the fundamental rights and rights of EU citizens, as guaranteed by the EU acquis, as well as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.