Law & Justice

  • ECJ Strikes down German Road Toll

    June 19, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has held that Germany’s introduction of a toll on passenger vehicles violates EU law because the applicable legislation allows only German taxpayers relief from the country’s motor vehicle tax in at least the amount of the toll, in contrast to drivers from other countries.

  • EU Rules Harmonize Criminal Justice Standards

    June 12, 2019

    The European Commission has highlighted the entry into force of two directives on criminal proceedings, the first forcing EU member states to offer legal aid to people suspected or accused of crimes and the second setting up safeguards for children in the criminal justice system.

  • EC Files Complaint Against Spain over Asset Reporting Sanctions

    June 12, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has referred the Spanish government to the Court of Justice of the EU for imposing what the EC considers to be disproportionate sanctions on taxpayers who fail to report assets they hold in other European countries.

  • EU Strategy Document Prioritizes Border Security

    June 11, 2019

    EurActiv reports that, according to a draft strategic agenda for the years 2019 through 2024 produced by the EU institutions, EU and national leaders respond to growing concerns about the impacts of migration on the bloc by prioritizing border security and finding a path toward a common internal migration and asylum policy.

  • EC Threatens Italy with Penalties over Budget Deficit

    June 05, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has sent a letter to the Italian government threatening a financial penalty if national officials cannot justify their failure to limit the country’s budget deficit to a level in line with EU standards.

  • ECJ Official Finds Broad National Authority to Order Online Content Removal

    June 05, 2019

    Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) Advocate General Maciej Szpunar has advised the ECJ to rule that, when courts in EU member states order tech giants such as Facebook to remove illegal material, they can order the removal of all identical material across their platforms, including material available outside the territory of the country concerned.

  • CoE Body Weighs in on US Lobbying Rules

    June 05, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Group of States against Corruption has called for the revision of US congressional rules to more strictly regulate the pursuit by members of Congress of lobbying jobs after they leave office and the establishment of “quarantine periods” to former members seeking to lobby current lawmakers.

  • Romanian PM Announces U-Turn on Justice Reform Measures

    June 04, 2019

    Under pressure from Romanian voters and threats of legal action from the European Commission, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has announced her government’s abandonment of a justice reform program that would have made corruption prosecutions more difficult.

  • ECJ: German Prosecutor Cannot Issue EU Arrest Warrant

    May 30, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has determined that the German public prosecutor’s office does not have sufficient independence from the government to permit the execution of a European Arrest Warrant, which requires issuance by a “judicial authority.”

  • Swiss Approve Gun Controls Parallel to EU Standards

    May 30, 2019

    The New York Times reports that Swiss voters have approved tighter gun controls in line with EU laws after Swiss authorities warned that failure to adopt the measure could threaten citizens’ access to the Schengen free travel area.

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