European Institutions

  • European NHRIs Meet to Promote Human Rights-Based Approach to Economic and Social Policies

    November 20, 2019

    At the Annual Conference of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, European National Human Rights Institutions ("NHRIs"), regional and international organizations, and civil society organizations met to discuss the role and relevance of NHRIs in the realization of social and economic rights in Europe and to encourage a human rights-based approach to economic and social policies and reforms at the national and European level.

  • EU Court of Auditors Calls for Action on Migration

    November 20, 2019

    According to the European Court of Auditors, the European Union needs to step up its action on asylum, relocation, and return of migrants, as emergency relocation schemes did not reach their targets and only partially achieved their main objective of alleviating pressure on Greece and Italy.

  • EU Commission President-Elect Signals Increased Regulation of Digital World

    November 12, 2019

    In a speech honoring Shoshana Zuboff, author of the book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, explained that Europeans need to shape their own approach to regulating the digital world, building on measures such as the so-called right to be forgotten and data protection regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to balance the power of government and market, while prioritizing the individual.

  • HRW Urges EU to Deny Croatia Entrance into Schengen Area

    November 12, 2019

    In reaction to a European Commission announcement that Croatia is ready to join the Schengen Area, Human Rights Watch ("HRW") is urging the European Union not to admit to Croatia to its border-free travel zone over its treatment of migrants crossing into the Balkan country.

  • OECD Releases Guidance to Promote Tax Haven-Country Information Exchanges

    November 06, 2019

    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ("OECD") has released guidance for low-tax countries on standards for exchanging information with other countries to meet 2018 reporting standards.

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