European Institutions

  • EU Committee Seeks Warning System on Rule of Law

    February 20, 2015

    The EU Committee on the Regions, comprised of regionally and locally elected representatives from member states, has called on the European Commission, as part of its "rule of law framework" announced last year, to provide an opportunity to local and regional officials to inform it regarding threats to the rule of law.

  • CoE Report Criticizes France on Discrimination

    February 20, 2015

    A report by Council of Europe ("CoE") Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Mui┼żnieks calls on the French Government to implement "sustained and systematic" action to combat public and private discrimination and hate speech against disfavored groups, including migrants and people with disabilities.

  • EU Investigates U.K. for "State Aid" to Power Plant

    February 20, 2015

    The European Commission has launched an investigation into whether measures in Britain to support the conversion of a coal power plant to operate only on "biomass" constitutes state aid in contravention of EU rules.

  • U.K. Euroskeptics See WTO as Alternative to EU

    February 20, 2015

    Participants at a conference on alternatives to EU membership held in London examined increased reliance on membership in the World Trade Organization ("WTO") and the ability to negotiate trade deals without the consent of other EU member states as advantages of leaving the EU.

  • EU Proposes Harmonized "Capital Markets Union"

    February 19, 2015

    The European Commission has launched a consultation on how to build a Capital Markets Union across the EU, easing investment barriers across national borders, and requiring harmonization of tax and insolvency regulations in EU member states.

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