European Institutions

  • CoE Committee Calls for Public Media Financing

    February 20, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers has called on CoE members to “ensure the financial sustainability of quality journalism,” including through such means as government financial support, while also avoiding constraints on the media’s “editorial and operational independence.”

  • ECtHR: Conviction of Romanian Pastors Violated Rights

    February 20, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Romania had violated the rights to religious freedom of two pastors the country’s courts had convicted of “unlawful exercise of pastoral duties” for conducting religious services without approval from their respective churches.

  • UK Parliament Votes Against May’s Brexit Strategy

    February 15, 2019

    The UK Parliament has voted against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy to seek concessions from EU negotiators on the UK-EU withdrawal deal, as members of the euroskeptic European Research Group abstained from the vote due to the inclusion of a provision aiming to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

  • EU Law Requires Internet Platforms to Pay for Content

    February 15, 2019

    Bloomberg reports that EU institutions have agreed to a new copyright law that will require online platforms to pay creators of protected content that appears on their websites, including long fragments of news articles appearing as previews in search results, or remove it.

  • EU Members Mull Long Brexit Delay

    February 15, 2019

    The Express reports that, according to an EU diplomat, French President Emmanuel Macron is supporting a nine-month delay in Brexit to permit more time for negotiations, a move that would require the UK to participate in European parliamentary elections this May.

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