Legal Dialogue


Germany begins allocating €40 billion to coal regions to start phase-out

By 2038, Germany’s last coal-fired power plants are expected to be shut down. To reorient the regions economically, however, they are to be replaced by research institutions and companies. A coordination committee will now begin allocating the funding.

Source: Euroactive

Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court

Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing.

Source: The Guardian

Romania ‘overpaid €356 million restitution’ for communist-seized properties

Romania overpaid at least 356 million euros in just four years in restitution for property confiscated during the Communist era as a result of corrupt schemes to defraud the state, the authorities said.

Source: Balkan Insight


Poland threatens to challenge EU funding block in LGBT+ row

Poland warned it could mount a legal challenge to the European Union’s decision to withhold funding to towns accused of setting up so-called LGBT-free zones, in an escalation of a growing row over the issue. EU rejected last month six town twinning applications from Polish authorities that passed motions rejecting what they call “LGBT ideology” or defending traditional family values.

Source: Reuters

Channel crossings: UK and France ‘seek to completely cut’ migrant boat route

Britain and France have agreed to strengthen efforts to stop migrants from crossing the English Channel in small boats. The UK wants more action taken to prevent migrant Channel crossings and has said it is considering possible changes to asylum laws.

Source: Euronews

Germany plans equal rights for lesbian co-mothers

A baby born into a lesbian family will have two mothers, and neither will be required to apply to adopt the child, according to a proposed reform. But that won't be the case for kids in families with two fathers.

Source: DW

Russia backs away from total cryptocurrency ban

Russia recently signed a new cryptocurrency law that while stopping short of the previous ban on cryptocurrencies, still imposed stringent restrictions on its use in as form of monetary currency. Starting January 1st, 2021, cryptocurrencies will be allowed in Russia, though they will not be allowed to be used in exchange for any goods or services.

Source: Forbes


Law against discrimination at work comes into force in Romania

The amendment to law introduces in the Labor Code definitions for each sanctionable behavior such as harassment or discrimination by association. The new law also specifies new reasons that companies are not allowed to use for dismissing employees.

Source: Romania Insider


France to push for rule-of-law sanctions as a part of EU recovery plan

France says it will press for rule-of-law sanctions under the new EU recovery budget in the amount of 750 billion euro because “there cannot be financial solidarity in Europe without worrying about respecting the basic rules of democracy, freedom of the media and equal rights.”

Source: EU Observer