- Ensuring the rule of law is upheld, including with the European Rule of Law Mechanism.
- Coordinating the Commission’s objective annual reporting, ensuring the same monitoring approach is applied in all Member States.
- Preventing and identifying breaches of the rule of law, supporting an early resolution of issues and proposing an effective, proportionate and dissuasive response as a last resort.
- Focusing on tighter enforcement using, as a basis, ECJ judgments on the impact of breaches of the rule of law on EU law.
- Deepening cooperation with international organisations, including the Council of Europe.
- Leading on consumer empowerment and protection and protecting citizens’ rights.
- Improving judicial cooperation and the exchange of information between Member States and developing the justice area.
- Maximising the potential of new digital technologies to improve the EU’s justice systems.
- Cementing the role of justice policy in the fight terrorism and extremism and all aspects of the Security Union.
- Supporting the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, including extending its powers to investigate and prosecute in cases of cross-border terrorism.
- Ensuring full implementation and enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation and promoting the European approach as a global model.
- Contributing to legislation towards a coordinated approach on the human and ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
- Ensuring company law contributes to the strategy on small and medium-sized businesses.
European Parliament hearings
Appointments and meetings
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- Meetings with the Commissioner’s Cabinet
- Missions of Commissioner Reynders
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European Commissioner for Justice
2019 - present
Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium
2014 - 2019
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and Defence, Belgium
2018 - 2019
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Belgium
2014 - 2018
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs, Belgium
2011 - 2014
Minister of Finance, Belgium
1999 - 2011
Minister in charge of the National Lottery, Federal Holding and Investment Company and insurance companies, Belgium
2007 - 2011
Minister of Institutional Reforms, Belgium
2004 - 2011