Edited by Marc Hertogh and Richard Kirkham
Chapter 9: The rule of law in the European Union: standards of the ombudsman, judge, and auditor
The rule of law is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is built. The EU ensures its upholding through various means and the EU institutions play an essential role in this process. This chapter focuses on the roles of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors in upholding the rule of law. To this end, the chapter analyses the institutions’ different mandates, standards, outputs and possible impact, and subsequently provides a comparative overview of how these institutions create a complementary framework for the safeguard of the rule of law in the EU.
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