European Institutions

  • Finnish PM Plans to Advance EU Rule-of-Law Budget Rules

    July 18, 2019

    EURACTIV reports that Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne has told the European Parliament that his government will work toward conditioning the disbursement of EU development funds to member states on compliance with rule-of-law principles while it holds the rotating EU Council presidency.

  • EC Proceeds with Legal Action Against Polish Judicial Reforms

    July 18, 2019

    In its latest pressure on the Polish government to reverse reforms to the country’s judiciary, the European Commission (EC) has sent a “reasoned opinion” to Polish officials explaining why their new disciplinary procedure for judges violates the principle of judicial independence and threatening referral to the Court of Justice of the EU.

  • UK Leadership Candidates Vow to Jettison Irish Backstop

    July 18, 2019

    Reuters reports that the two candidates to lead the UK Conservative Party, and become the next Prime Minister, have both announced plans to scrap the “Irish backstop,” a provision in the currently negotiated UK-EU Brexit deal that would subject Northern Ireland to EU rules in case no further deal is agreed.

  • French Official Expresses “Ambition” to Form European Army

    July 18, 2019

    Bloomberg reports that French Defense Minister Florence Parly stated in a recent interview that the government’s “ambition” is to create a European Army that pools national efforts related to military procurement and operations.

  • BoE Body: UK Has Limited Financial Risks of No-Deal Brexit

    July 18, 2019

    The Bank of England’s (BoE) Financial Policy Committee has published a report concluding that “the core of the UK financial system” is prepared for the risks associated with a no-deal Brexit and that the UK has taken action to mitigate the financial disruption that would occur in such a scenario.

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