European Institutions

  • Craddock: EU Denies Participatory Democracy

    August 06, 2014

    Josh Craddock writes that the European Commission's summary dismissal of the "One of Us" citizens' initiative, which sought to prevent EU funding of embryo destruction, demonstrates the existence of a "democratic deficit" in the EU.

  • Grayling Announces Plans for U.K. Human Rights Act Repeal

    August 06, 2014

    U.K. Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling says the Conservative Party will issue a policy document outlining plans to repeal the U.K. Human Rights Act in favor of a British Bill of Rights, and to reinstate supremacy of British courts over human rights law.

  • House of Lords Committee Criticizes "Right to Be Forgotten"

    August 06, 2014

    A report from the House of Lords Committee on the EU finds that the Court of Justice of the EU's recent decision establishing a right to have one's information removed from online search results gives EU citizens a right that is neither enforceable by governments nor practicable for companies to carry out.

  • ECJ Denies Right of Access to Personal Data in Legal Analyses

    August 06, 2014

    The Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ") has held that the right to access personal data under the EU Data Protection Directive does not apply to personal data used by government agencies in the conduct of a legal examination of a person's status or rights.

  • Juncker Considers Establishing EU Financial Directorate

    July 31, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that incoming President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is considering creating a powerful financial directorate within the Commission, driving concerns within the U.K. that such a move would tilt authority to regulate the financial industry to a great extent toward Brussels.

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