Human Rights

  • EU Commission President Proposes Mandatory Electricity Reduction in New Energy Crisis Plan

    September 09, 2022

    Ursula Von der Leyen has announced five proposals to curb the energy crisis in Europe including a mandatory reduction in electricity use during peak hours and a price cap on energy companies who produce electricity through low carbon methods.

  • Spain Orders Temperature Limits for Businesses to Conserve Energy before Winter

    August 03, 2022

    Aiming to reduce gas consumption by 7 percent in an effort to save energy before the winter, Spain's government ordered all businesses to limit their temperatures, air conditioning cannot be lowered below 27 degrees Celsius (80°F) in summer and heating cannot exceed 19 degrees Celsius (66°F) this winter.

  • EU Countries Agree on Mandatory Gas Cut Regulation

    July 27, 2022

    EU energy ministers agreed on a bloc-wide winter alert system to trigger mandatory cuts in natural gas consumption at the recent extraordinary energy council in Brussels including requiring that cuts of 15 percent can only be activated by a vote of the council.

  • Vaughn in Ruetir: Will the UK leave the European Court of Human Rights?

    July 20, 2022

    Despite Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, it has remained a member of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), a position which has come into question in recent days after resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the upcoming vote for a new leader.

  • ECtHR: Turkey Failed to Comply with Ruling to Release Jailed Philanthropist

    July 12, 2022

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Europe's top rights court has said that Turkey had not complied with a ruling that called for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has received a life sentence without parole following a conviction of attempting to overthrow the government,  which could launch a process that may lead to Ankara's suspension from the Council of Europe (CoE).

  • Finland Digital ID Part of a Wider “Digital Compass” Project for Digital Transformation by 2030.

    June 29, 2022

    Finland’s government has made a legislative proposal that it plans to put before the parliament in the fall introducing an application that will be used for digital identification with the goal of using it in everyday life, from shopping to dealing with authorities.

  • ECtHR Rules that Russia's Foreign Agents Law Violates Human Rights

    June 22, 2022

    Following Russia’s inplementation of a controversial foreign agents law the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the law violates the rights of the groups and individuals designated as foreign agents and has ordered Russia to issue compensation.

  • EU Extends Digital COVID Certificate One Year

    June 15, 2022

    The European Parliament has agreed to keep the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework in place for another year, until June 2023, with a planned review after six months to determine wether the pass is necessary or not.

  • Euractiv: European Parliament rejects consolidated text of the Digital Services Act

    June 15, 2022

    A majority of MEPs has pushed back against the version of the Digital Services Act (DSA) that was ‘fine-tuned’ after the informal agreement that was reached in April as representatives of the European People’s Party, Renew Europe, the Greens/EFA and the Left groups have all opposed the text that was sent from the French Presidency of the EU Council escalating an interinstitutional conflict between the EU co-legislators.

  • Climate Proposals Fail to Pass European Parliament

    June 08, 2022

    A series of pieces of the EU's climate legislation failed to pass the European Parliament following the refusal of lawmakers to adopt positions on the reform of the EU's carbon market, the introduction of a carbon border tax and the establishment of a Social Climate Fund by 340 votes against, 265 votes in favor and 34 abstentions, causing uproar in plenary.

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