European Institutions

  • UK Officials Signal Exit from EU Structures in 2019

    August 14, 2017

    The Guardian reports that UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Chancellor Philip Hammond have announced that Britain will depart the EU's "single market" and customs union in 2019, even if Brexit negotiations lead to a limited transition period at that time in UK-EU relations, as leaving these EU structures will permit the UK to strike trade deals with non-EU countries.

  • CoE Body Critiques Hungarian University Law

    August 14, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) constitutional law body, the Venice Commission, has issued a preliminary opinion on a Hungarian law regulating the operation of foreign universities in the country asserting that, while the government could legitimately apply the law's requirements to new institutions, they are "unjustified" when applied to universities that are already in operation.

  • EU Faces Pressure to Build "Military Schengen"

    August 14, 2017

    Politico reports that officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are supporting calls from Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to establish a "military Schengen" area in Europe permitting the free movement of foreign and multinational military forces across borders in peacetime.

  • ECJ Orders Poland to Stop Logging in Ancient Forest

    August 14, 2017

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has issued an interim decision regarding a complaint filed by the European Commission against Poland for violating EU wildlife protection laws by logging in the Białowieża Forest, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, ordering Poland to cease logging activities in the forest immediately to prevent "serious and irreversible damage."

  • ECJ Rejects Canada-EU Passenger Data Sharing Deal

    August 14, 2017

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has held that an agreement between EU and Canadian authorities on the sharing of data on air passengers violates data privacy protections of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights because the shared information is too broad in scope and is not shielded from improper use by Canadian and other government officials.

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