European Institutions

  • Advocate General to EU Court Criticizes Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic for Stance on Refugee Quota Compliance

    November 01, 2019

    In a non-binding opinion, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the EU Court of Justice has opined that Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic “failed to fulfill their obligations under EU law” by not complying with the “provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation” of people seeking international protection.

  • ECtHR Rejects Greek Religion Disclosure Requirement

    November 01, 2019

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that,as a condition of securing an exemption for their children from religious education classes in government-run schools, the Greek Government cannot require parents to to declare that they are not Orthodox Christians.

  • Germany Interior Minister Recommends External-Border Review of Asylum Applications

    November 01, 2019

    At a meeting of the G6 group consisting of Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain, and the UK, Germany's Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, called on the European Union to change its approach to asylum applications, urging that applicants should undergo initial assessment at Europe's external borders and be sent home from there as well.

  • CoE delegation to raise awareness on the Istanbul Convention

    October 30, 2019

    As a follow-up to the Venice Commission’s conclusion that ratification of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (the “Istanbul Convention”) as originally drafted would not violate any provisions of the Constitution of Armenia, a Council of Europe delegation will visit Armenia to raise awareness of the Convention and to clarify its provisions.

  • French Privacy Watchdog Concerned about Facial Recognition Trial in High Schools

    October 30, 2019

    A French data protection authority has warned that plans to start trialing facial recognition tools at high schools in southern France do not comply with privacy laws and cannot legally be implemented.

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