We should not view the Copenhagen Criteria as a small set of requirements needed at one time for accession to the Union; they should be upheld and adhered to by all member states as long as they are members of the EU. for this end; the EU should establish a body, similar to that of the Venice Commission under the Council of Europe regime, to monitor ongoing compliance with the Copenhagen Criteria. A body made up of independent, non-partisan experts which are empowered to make both non-binding recommendations and legally binding decisions concerning any EU member state, which could be subject to review by the Court of Justice of the European Union. Such a body would help stop backtracks of the rule of law, democracy, and respect for human rights before they get to such serious breaches as we currently see in Poland and Hungary. This body would allow the EU to be more proactive and to take action long before the Commission or Parliment begin an Article 7 TFEU or having an Article 7.2 TFEU vetoed by a sympathetic rouge member state. I believe that such a body is greatly needed to combat the quasi-autocrats appearing within the Union and uphold the Copenhagen Criteria.