European Institutions

  • CoE Body Finds Faults with Hungarian Administrative Courts

    April 04, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) advisory body on constitutional law, known as the Venice Commission, has critiqued the Hungarian Parliament’s creation of a system of administrative courts for granting the Justice Minister broad appointment powers and giving Parliament the authority to select the President of the top administrative court.

  • CoE Official Criticizes Poland on Judiciary, Abortion Law

    April 04, 2019

    Following a recent visit to Poland, the Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has warned the Polish government that it risks violating European human rights law by failing to respect the independence of the judiciary and by weakening women’s “reproductive rights,” including access to abortion.

  • EC Announces "Reflection Process" on Rule of Law Framework

    April 03, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has launched a “reflection process” among EU institutions and member states on maintaining the rule of law in the bloc, through promotional efforts, “early prevention,” and effectively tailoring responses to specific countries, leading up to recommendations it will propose in June.

  • EC Accuses Poland, Romania of Meddling in Judicial Systems

    April 03, 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has opened a new legal case accusing the Polish government of violating EU law by subjecting judges to “political control” in disciplinary procedures and has warned the Romanian government against disrupting the country’s judicial system through anti-corruption legislation.

  • NGOs Oppose EU Fossil-Fuel Funding in Developing Regions

    April 03, 2019

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has called on EU lawmakers to exclude from the bloc’s future Cohesion Policy - development funds targeting European regions that struggle economically - investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, arguing such funding will sink the EU’s commitment to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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