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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
25/05/2020

Spain readies law on clean energy, hails potential economic boost

Spain’s cabinet is set to approve a bill setting out a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, putting it on course to join a handful of wealthy nations who have written the target into law.

Source: Reuters
25/05/2020

Putin adds patriotism, war history to school curriculum

President Vladimir Putin submitted legislation adding patriotism and war history to Russia’s education law.

Source: The Moscow Times
25/05/2020

Hungary rejects EU court ruling on asylum-seekers held at border

Hungary will not accept a ruling by the European Union’s top court that four asylum-seekers stuck in a transit zone on the Hungarian-Serbian border should be released, said a security aide to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Source: Reuters
25/05/2020

Worldwide mass surveillance by Germany’s intelligence service declared unconstitutional

In a much-anticipated verdict, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has put an end to the groundless mass surveillance of global internet traffic by Germany’s foreign intelligence service.

Source: RSF
19/05/2020

Burning EU and other flags can now bring German jail term

Germany has made public burning of the EU flag or that of another country punishable by up to three years in jail, classing it as a hate crime.

Source: BBC
19/05/2020

Portugal suspends foreign trash imports to cope with own increased waste

Portugal, which usually attracts huge mounds of rubbish from other European states because of its low waste management fees, has suspended imports of trash until the end of 2020 to protect domestic landfill capacity, the government.

Source: Reuters