Legal Dialogue

06/10/2020

Romania advances drive to scrap former govt’s justice laws

The government has introduced draft legislation to undo the changes to the justice system carried out by the previous Social Democratic administration – which the new EU Rule of Law Report again criticised as a threat to judicial independence.

Source: Balkan Insight

06/10/2020

Russia’s Constitutional Court agrees to hear challenge against state-imposed coronavirus self-isolation measures

Russia’s Constitutional Court has agreed to weigh in on the legality of governors’ self-isolation orders during the coronavirus pandemic. The high court will hear a lawsuit from the town of Protvino against measures imposed by Moscow Regional Governor Andrey Vorobyov.

Source: Meduza

29/09/2020

Bavaria’s Söder calls for ban on combustion engines by 2035

Bavarian leader Markus Söder, head of the conservative Christian Social Union, told his party that combustion engines should be banned by 2035. He described climate change as one of the biggest problems in history.

Source: DW

29/09/2020

Russia expands its black list for the EU

Russia will expand its black list for the European Union in response to sanctions imposed by the EU. The list of the newcomers has not yet been revealed.

Source: Kommersant

29/09/2020

France doubles paternity leave to 28 days

Paternity leave in France is to double to a month with seven days mandatory. The measure will become effective in July 2021.

Source: Euronews

29/09/2020

Poland agrees to shut coal mines by 2049

Poland moved closer to ending its heavy reliance on coal as the government and miners’ unions agreed a landmark plan to phase out mines by 2049.

Source: Euroactive

29/09/2020

Switzerland referendum: voters reject end to free movement with EU

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the EU allowing the free movement of people. Switzerland is not a member of the EU but has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which allow it to access to Europe's free trade area.

Source: BBC

22/09/2020

RFE launches in Hungary as problems mount at home

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) trumpeted its return to Hungary after a 27-year hiatus, marking its third re-entry into an EU member state following the 2019 resumption of services in Bulgaria and Romania. RFE/RL’s refocus on countries where media pluralism is under threat.

Source: Balkan Insight

22/09/2020

Croatia strips MPs of immunity following anti-corruption operation

The Croatian parliament has stripped three MPs of their immunity at the request of the State Prosecutor's Office for the purpose of pressing criminal charges against two of them and continuing a trial against the third.

Source: Balkan Insight