Democracy Impacts

  • EU Court of Justice to Consider EU’s Rule of Law Mechanism Battle

    December 21, 2020

    The Court of Justice of the European Union is set to consider whether the EU can adopt a rule of law mechanism that would impose financial penalties on member states that it considers are not meeting bloc-wide rule of law standards, the uncertain content of which raises concerns on the part of Hungary and Poland.

  • Norwegian Eurosceptics Call for Distance from the EU Ahead of Elections

    December 21, 2020

    As Norway heads toward an election,  Eurosceptics from The Center Party are taking a lead with a message that the Nordic country, which is not a European Union member, needs to distance itself from Brussels after a 1994 deal created a close legal and financial relationship.

  • New EU Proposals May Limit Big Tech Expansion

    December 16, 2020

    New Proposals from the European Union aimed at boosting digital competition known as the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act may place new limits on the expansion of Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook, who will face fines of up to 10 percent of their global revenue for unfairly crippling smaller rivals.

  • EU Announces $7.5 Billion Digital Europe Program

    December 16, 2020

    The European Commission has announced a new €7.5 billion Digital Europe Program to accelerate the digital transformation of Europe and will provide funding for five areas including supercomputing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society.

  • Polish PM to Challenge EU Rule of Law Budget Mechanism in the EU Court of Justice

    December 14, 2020

    Speaking at a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that he plans to take the European Union's rule of law budgetary conditionality mechanism to the European Court of Justice.

  • Venice Commission Issues Opinion on Ukrainian Constitutional Court Decision Relating to Anti-Corruption Measures

    December 11, 2020

    The European Commission for Democracy through Law, known as the Venice Commission, has published an urgent opinion concerning the effects of the controversial recent decision by the Ukrainian Constitutional Court on anti-corruption modalities in Ukraine.

  • Reuters: Norway Outlaws Hate Speech Against Transgender Individuals

    December 11, 2020

    In an expansion of Norway’s 1981 penal code protecting gay and lesbian individuals, the nordic country's parliament outlawed hate speech against transgender people.

  • EU Leaders Discuss Compromise Budget Plan

    December 11, 2020

    In an effort to avoid a continued impasse with Hungary and Poland, EU ambassadors discussed a new compromise budget proposal that will postpone consideration of a new mechanism that will link EU funds with the respect for the rule of law.

  • ECDC and Africa CDC Launch New Initiative

    December 09, 2020

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a new partnership initiative that will be funded by the EU and will facilitate surveillance and disease intelligence with the goal of strengthening the capacity of Africa CDC to prepare for and public health threats.

  • Politico: Five EU Members Clash with Poland over Rule of Law Concerns

    December 02, 2020

    As the battle over "rule of law" continues, five European Union Member States joined with the European Commission in arguing to the Court of Justice of the European Union that Poland's new disciplinary regime for judges violates EU law.

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