EU's cherished fundamental rights have been marked by an erosion in the last few years. EU Parliament has launched an initiative to set up binding annual reports on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in all Member States. 

"Within the EU treaties there is a legal obligation to protect these fundamental rights and rule of law."

'' (...) we need a system that is looking equally at all Member States in an objective manner on the basis of the same criteria which is permanent and not crisis-driven like now, which is evidence-based, which builds on existing instruments '' affirms the MEP Sophia in't Veld. 

In this mechanism, EU Parliament is looking to involve national parliaments, governments and to trigger a lot of public debate by empowering the necessary instruments in this democracy affair.