European Institutions

  • CoE Body Seeks Repeal of Ukrainian NGO Reporting Rules

    April 26, 2018

    The Venice Commission, the Council of Europe's (CoE) advisory body for constitutional matters, has called on Ukrainian lawmakers to repeal or limit new financial disclosure requirements for nongovernmental organizations and activists due to their interference with the right to association and their potential chilling effect on civil society activity.

  • EC Official Rejects Polish Explanation of Judicial Changes

    April 26, 2018

    European Commission (EC) First Vice-President Frans Timmermans has dismissed a 94-page paper from the Polish government explaining the reasons its recent judicial changes comply with EU standards and are "inspired" by the systems of other EU members, arguing that the paper is "not the answer" to the EC proceedings against Poland for rule-of-law violations.

  • Expert Lists Viable Options for Post-Brexit UK-Irish Trade

    April 26, 2018

    Shanker Singham of the Institute of Economic Affairs explains a variety of options available to British, Irish, and EU policymakers in avoiding a "hard" border on the island of Ireland after Brexit and writes that there is no reason, aside from lack of political will, that negotiators cannot agree an acceptable arrangement on the issue.

  • Fishing Association Criticizes Brexit Transition Deal

    April 26, 2018

    The BBC reports that the Scottish Fishermen's Federation has objected to a proposed agreement between the EU and UK for European fishing boats to retain the same access to fishing rights in British waters during a post-Brexit "transition" deal.

  • Barnier Insists on Inclusion of ECJ in Brexit Deal

    April 25, 2018

    Politico reports that, in recent remarks, the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has insisted that the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) play a permanent role in overseeing and enforcing the UK's and EU's execution of the terms of any deal on the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

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