European Institutions

  • EU Court of Justice Places Fate of Judicial Discipline Reforms to Polish Supreme Court

    November 25, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the European Union has determined that it is up to the Supreme Court of Poland to decide if a new disciplinary body for judges was autonomous from political influence, leaving the fate of the key element of the government’s judicial overhaul in the hands of its critics.

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation: Second Additional Protocol to Budapest Convention Poses Privacy Concerns

    November 25, 2019

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has expressed concern about a proposed Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe's Budapest Convention, a major international treaty on cybercrime, that seeks to make it much easier for police in one country to get users' data from companies in another country, typically foreign Internet companies and Internet Service Providers.

  • European NHRIs Meet to Promote Human Rights-Based Approach to Economic and Social Policies

    November 20, 2019

    At the Annual Conference of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, European National Human Rights Institutions ("NHRIs"), regional and international organizations, and civil society organizations met to discuss the role and relevance of NHRIs in the realization of social and economic rights in Europe and to encourage a human rights-based approach to economic and social policies and reforms at the national and European level.

  • EU Court of Auditors Calls for Action on Migration

    November 20, 2019

    According to the European Court of Auditors, the European Union needs to step up its action on asylum, relocation, and return of migrants, as emergency relocation schemes did not reach their targets and only partially achieved their main objective of alleviating pressure on Greece and Italy.

  • EU Commission President-Elect Signals Increased Regulation of Digital World

    November 12, 2019

    In a speech honoring Shoshana Zuboff, author of the book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, explained that Europeans need to shape their own approach to regulating the digital world, building on measures such as the so-called right to be forgotten and data protection regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) to balance the power of government and market, while prioritizing the individual.

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