Legal Dialogue

08/06/2020

Berlin passes first German state anti-discrimination law

The city-state's new law explicitly bars public authorities, including police, from discriminating based on skin color, gender and other factors. Lawmakers say the new rules help to address systemic racism in Germany.

Source: DW

08/06/2020

Thousands of migrants face eviction in Greece sparking fears over homelessness

It comes after their right to stay in temporary accommodation expired. New law reduced the period they could be sheltered from six months to just one.

Source: Euronews

08/06/2020

Finland’s finance minister steps down over training payments

Katri Kulmuni will step down as Finland’s finance minister but continue to lead her party after admitting that she had used taxpayers’ money to fund training on how to speak in public.

Source: Reuters

02/06/2020

Estonian court admits petition by young climate activists to stop shale oil plant

The Administrative Court of Tartu has admitted the petition filed by Fridays for Future Estonia for the revocation of the building permit issued by Narva-Jõesuu municipality in connection with the construction of the shale oil plant. The court did not grant preliminary judicial protection.

Source: The Baltic Times

02/06/2020

Vatican centralises contracting to cut waste, corruption

The Vatican is centralising its contracting and procurement procedures in a bid to cut waste, root out corruption and bring the Holy See’s finances into the 21st century.

Source: AP

02/06/2020

Hungary to end state of emergency as NGOs cry foul

As promised, the Hungarian government submitted two draft bills to end the state of emergency and terminate its controversial powers, but civil society organisations said the moves are simple trickery.

Source: Euractiv

02/06/2020

Polish Senate passes election bill, setting stage for upcoming vote

Poland’s upper house of parliament approved legislation allowing a presidential election to be held using a mix of postal and traditional voting, potentially paving the way for the upcoming elections.

Source: Reuters

02/06/2020

The Council of Europe Commission will examine amendments to the Russian Constitution

The PACE Monitoring Committee decided to request an urgent legal examination of amendments to the Constitution of Russia and of the procedures of their adoption. Thus, the request contained in the appeal signed by more than 200 thousand Russian citizens had been satisfied.

Source: Svoboda

25/05/2020

COVID-19: France’s top court orders government to reopen places of worship

France's highest court ordered the government to lift its ban on gatherings at places of worship imposed to combat the spread of COVID-19, describing it as "disproportionate" and an infringement on a fundamental right.

Source: Euronews