Law & Justice

  • MEPs Seek Launch of Sanctions Process Against Hungary

    July 27, 2017

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently adopted a resolution calling for EU institutions to launch the sanctions process outlined in EU treaties against Hungary over the country's strict asylum laws and reporting requirements for foreign nongovernmental organizations.

  • ECJ Official: Uber Is Subject to Transportation Regulations

    July 25, 2017

    Business Insider reports that Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Maciej Szpunar recently advised the ECJ that US technology giant Uber is a transportation company, rather than merely a digital service, and is therefore subject to often-strict rules regulating the provision of transportation services in EU member states.

  • CoE Chief Warns of "Nationalist," "Xenophobic" Pressures

    July 21, 2017

    In a recent report on the status of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Europe, Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland called for CoE member countries "to take a serious look in the mirror" and evaluate the capability of their institutions to withstand pressures from "nationalist and xenophobic parties."

  • EU Guides Citizens on Environmental Lawsuits

    July 19, 2017

    The European Commission has published a guide for citizens in EU member states on how to sue their governments in national courts for failing to fulfill legal obligations relating to the environment.

  • EU Issues Google a Record Fine in Antitrust Case

    June 28, 2017

    The European Commission has demanded that internet giant Google pay a fine of approximately $2.71 billion for abusing its market dominance under EU antitrust laws by promoting its shopping service over those of other companies on its search results page.

  • EU Mounts Legal Challenges to Migration Resistance

    June 14, 2017

    Reuters reports that the European Commission has announced that it is opening a legal complaint against Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for their refusal to accept the resettlement in their territory of a proportion of asylum seekers who have arrived in recent years in the EU from North Africa and the Middle East.

  • Germany: Link EU Funding to Rule-of-Law Adherence

    May 31, 2017

    Politico reports that, concerned with the inability of EU institutions to discipline Poland over its ongoing constitutional conflict, a German position paper on EU budget rules seeks a way to withhold the bloc's "cohesion funds" for developing regions from countries that fail to uphold "fundamental principles of the rule of law.”

  • Officials Push for EU Sanctions on Poland

    May 17, 2017

    Reuters reports that, at a recent meeting of foreign ministers of EU member states, officials from multiple countries recommended that the EU impose consequences on Poland if the government fails to resolve its rule-of-law dispute with the Constitutional Court in line with demands from the European Commission.

  • 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.

  • German Government Stops Sending Migrants Back to Hungary

    April 12, 2017

    The German government has announced that it will no longer send migrants back to Hungary after accusations that Hungary’s treatment of migrants is in violation of international and EU law.

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