European Institutions

  • EC Attempts to Assert Social Role Through Parental Leave

    April 26, 2017

    As part of European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights initiative designed to demonstrate the EU’s relevance in European social issues, the EC is set to release a “work-life balance proposal” that could significantly increase business obligations toward employees.

  • MEPs: Give Asylum-Seekers Quick Access to Labor Markets

    April 26, 2017

    Members of the European Parliament’s (MEPs) Civil Liberties Committee have amended a directive to call on member states to allow asylum-seekers to access local labor markets only two months after applying for asylum, rather than the current nine months.

  • EP Committee Approves Ban on ‘Hate Speech’ in Online Videos

    April 26, 2017

    The European Parliament’s (EP) culture committee has approved a legislative proposal that could require online social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to remove video content deemed to contain “hate speech” that could offend viewers or encourage violence.

  • Hungarian President Hardens Stance on EU Migrant Quotas

    April 19, 2017

    The Times reports that Hungarian President Viktor Orbán has insisted that his country would not “yield an inch” on its refusal to accept the EU’s migrant quotas despite threats that the country would face “legal action” if it did not comply.

  • Czech Government Intends to Resist EU on Migrant Quotas

    April 19, 2017

    Despite EU demands that it accept a total of 1,600 migrants, the Czech government has announced that it will accept no more migrants because of difficulties in the vetting process even though the country may face EU fines of several million euros.

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