October 18, 2016
Heidi Tworek of the University of British Columbia warns that an EU proposal to translate German copyright law into supranational legislation that would require search engines such as Google to pay media companies for displaying brief snippets of their articles would be unenforceable and should give way to a more cooperative approach.
October 17, 2016
European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová and two Members of the European Parliament write that the EU must establish a centralized European Public Prosecutors’ Office to combat cross-border financial crimes involving fraud against national and EU budgets.
October 14, 2016
The European Commission has filed a complaint against the UK in the Court of Justice of the EU over Britain's failure to designate a sufficient number of special zones within its waters for the protection of the harbour porpoise in line with an EU directive on the conservation of natural habitats.
October 12, 2016
EurActiv reports that the European Commission has referred the German government to the Court of Justice of the EU over legislation it argues favors German drivers over those of other EU countries by permitting the former to deduct road toll payments from their annual vehicle taxes.
September 22, 2016
Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston has advised the ECJ that the EU's listing of the organizations Hamas and the Tamil Tigers as terrorist groups subject to sanctions are invalid because their inclusion was based on "facts and evidence found in press articles and information from the internet."
September 21, 2016
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution pressuring the Polish government to end a legal standoff with the country's Constitutional Tribunal within the three-month time period required by the European Commission's "Rule of Law Recommendation" issued to the country in July.
September 19, 2016
The Court of Justice of the EU has held that EU law does not permit member states to pass laws providing for the expulsion of non-EU citizens from the bloc solely based on the fact that they have a criminal record when they are the sole caregiver of a citizen of an EU country.
September 16, 2016
A report from the European Parliamentary Research Service examining proposals from Member of the European Parliament Sophie in 't Veld recommends that the EU consider creating a "pact" through which European institutions could "monitor and enforce" democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights in the EU member states.
September 14, 2016
AP reports that finance ministers from some EU member states are backing the European Commission's decision to require tech giant Apple to pay up to $21 billion in back taxes, with interest, to Ireland, as multiple governments consider staking a claim to part of the proceeds from the fine.
September 09, 2016
In an interview on the European Commission's imposition of a €13 billion fine on tech company Apple for unpaid taxes, German Member of the European Parliament Markus Ferber argued that any government attempt to attract business investment by granting a "tax deal" is illegal under EU law.