Law & Justice

  • UK Considers Exit from EU Emissions Scheme

    February 23, 2017

    Reuters reports that UK Member of the European Parliament Ian Duncan has predicted, given that maintaining British membership in the scheme would require its acceptance of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU, the UK will not remain in the EU's Emission Trading System following its departure from the bloc.

  • CoE Body Calls for Corruption Reform in Austria

    February 23, 2017

    A report from the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Group of States against Corruption calls on Austria to develop a code of conduct for parliamentarians on conflicts of interest, pushes for tighter restrictions on their access to lobbyists, and seeks a reduction of the influence of the executive branch in the selection of judges.

  • HRW: EU Must Impose Sanctions on Poland

    February 23, 2017

    Philippe Dam of Human Rights Watch calls on the European Commission to pursue its actions against Poland using its purported authority under the Rule of Law Mechanism by attempting to trigger EU treaty sanctions against the country over the government's dispute with the Constitutional Tribunal.

  • Official: Greek Debt "Haircut" Means Leaving Euro

    February 21, 2017

    Bloomberg reports that, as Greek, EU, and International Monetary Fund officials approach another potential standoff over Greece's debt, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has asserted that any reduction of Greece's debt obligations would violate EU treaty rules and must result in Greece departing the euro currency.

  • EU Leaders Eye Alternative Rule of Law Mechanism

    February 15, 2017

    Politico reports that, as EU officials find it difficult to threaten the Polish Government over its conflict with the country's Constitutional Court, some leaders are considering taking up a proposal from Belgium requiring the European Commission to investigate "rule of law" concerns in each EU country as part of a periodic review process.

  • ECJ Chief Predicts Case over Brexit Deal

    February 15, 2017

    The Independent reports that President of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Koen Lenaerts has speculated that aspects of Britain's trade deal with the EU following its exit from the bloc will likely end up in proceedings before the ECJ.

  • ECJ: ECB Is Not Liable for Greek Debt Losses

    January 26, 2017

    Finding that commercial banks cannot rely on "the principle of legal certainty" in the area of monetary policy, the Court of Justice of the EU has dismissed a complaint from financial institutions alleging that their losses from the restructuring of Greek debt violated EU law.

  • Barrister Identifies Cases of "Judicial Activism" at ECJ

    January 17, 2017

    In a recent debate as part of the think tank Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project, British barrister Anthony Speaight QC identifies several cases in which he argues that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) engaged in "judicial activism" by prioritizing its members' own policy goals over the plain meaning of the law.

  • EU Centralizes, Expands Data Protection Policy

    January 16, 2017

    As part of its efforts to "complete the EU data protection framework," the European Commission has proposed legislation centralizing the formation of data protection policy at the EU level, banning all unsolicited electronic communications, and expanding the application of EU privacy rules to nontraditional electronic communications providers, such as Skype and Gmail.

  • UK Considers US-Style Deal with Europol

    January 13, 2017

    The Sun reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May is exploring the negotiation of a data-sharing deal with the EU law enforcement agency Europol based on the model of the agency's agreement with the US to maintain law enforcement links with the EU following Brexit.

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