The EU is based on a common set of rules and values. Watch our video to find out what happens when these rules are broken.
EU law has at its core the common values upon which the EU was built: respect for human rights and dignity, democracy, freedom, equality and the rule of law.
If a member state does not play by the rules, the EU can respond in several ways. A country can be fined when it fails to apply EU law properly. When it breaches human rights or the rule of law, its right to vote or EU funding may be suspended.
If you think your EU rights have been violated you can:
-turn to the European Ombudsman
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