European Institutions

  • CoE Body Weighs in on US Lobbying Rules

    June 05, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Group of States against Corruption has called for the revision of US congressional rules to more strictly regulate the pursuit by members of Congress of lobbying jobs after they leave office and the establishment of “quarantine periods” to former members seeking to lobby current lawmakers.

  • Romanian PM Announces U-Turn on Justice Reform Measures

    June 04, 2019

    Under pressure from Romanian voters and threats of legal action from the European Commission, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă has announced her government’s abandonment of a justice reform program that would have made corruption prosecutions more difficult.

  • ECJ: German Prosecutor Cannot Issue EU Arrest Warrant

    May 30, 2019

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has determined that the German public prosecutor’s office does not have sufficient independence from the government to permit the execution of a European Arrest Warrant, which requires issuance by a “judicial authority.”

  • UK Lawmakers Reject PM’s New Plan on Brexit

    May 30, 2019

    The Guardian reports that UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest attempt to pass her Brexit deal, by offering a binding vote on a new EU referendum if it succeeds, has failed, as at least 20 members of her party who originally supported her deal with the EU opposed the new plan.

  • Swiss Approve Gun Controls Parallel to EU Standards

    May 30, 2019

    The New York Times reports that Swiss voters have approved tighter gun controls in line with EU laws after Swiss authorities warned that failure to adopt the measure could threaten citizens’ access to the Schengen free travel area.

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