The EU Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Tuesday endorsed a draft report on the state of rule of law in the Union for 2023.

In a reaction to the latest Commission’s annual rule of law report, MEPs expressed concern over the state of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU. The draft report was adopted with 42 votes in favor, 10 against and two abstentions.

Greece was negatively cited for a spyware and phone tapping furor in the country, with the latter blamed on the national intelligence service (EYP), as well as protection of journalists from so-called SLAPP lawsuits, with the latter aimed to intimidate journalists from reporting that portrays office-holders and public figures in a negative light.