European Institutions

  • ECJ Approves Student Visa Denial for Public Security

    April 05, 2017

    Politico reports that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled national governments “enjoy a wide discretion” in the visa approval process and may deny student visa requests based on “potential” public security threats.

  • EU Committee Seeks Finance for Local Climate Planning

    April 04, 2017

    The European Committee of the Regions has adopted recommendations for EU rules governing local planning in sectors including buildings, agriculture, transport, and forestry to meet bloc-wide greenhouse gas reduction targets and to provide the necessary funding to local authorities to complete these policy changes.

  • EU Agency Seeks "Binding" Social Rights Law

    April 04, 2017

    At a meeting in Malta, Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights asserted that "income inequality" poses a threat to the fundamental rights of Europeans and pushed for the development of an expansive, "legally-binding" European Pillar of Social combat "social exclusion" across the EU.

  • EU Pushes Balkan Countries to Form "Common Market"

    April 04, 2017

    The Economist reports that meetings between EU officials and leaders of countries in the Western Balkans have led to proposals, with growing acceptance in each country, for a "common market" of free trade, labor movement, and regulatory harmonization in the Balkans region.

  • Turkey May Hold Referendum on EU Accession

    April 03, 2017

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his country may hold a referendum on whether to continue its bid for EU membership, amid worsening relations with the bloc after the governments of Germany and the Netherlands shut down pro-Erdogan rallies in their respective nations. 

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