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02/04/2019

EU parliament passes clean energy measures

EU parliament approved new rules to create a Europe-wide market for electricity that is cleaner, more competitive and better able to cope with risks. The Clean Energy for All Europeans package empowers European consumers to become active players in the energy transition and creates the first national energy and climate plans.
Source: jurist.org
02/04/2019

Transgender people rally in Zagreb at first-ever march

Around 300 people gathered in Zagreb under heavy police security for Croatia's first-ever transgender and intersex march. Among other requests, protesters demand the country take a stronger stand against fascism.
Source: dw.com
02/04/2019

Summer time clock changes to end in EU in 2021

The EU Parliament has voted to scrap daylight saving time from 2021. However each state is allowed to decide for itself whether to introduce permanent winter time or summer time. What does the end of the clock changes mean for Europe's citizens?
Source: eurotopics.net
25/03/2019

Slovakia puts squeeze on free press ahead of election

Slovakia is seeking to crack down on its domestic media with a new law, ahead of a presidential election run-off later this month. The revisions to the country's press code come amid threats against journalists, and an election campaign between EU commission vice-president, the Smer-backed candidate Maros Sefcovic and liberal anti-corruption lawyer, Zuzana Caputova.
Source: euobserver.com
25/03/2019

Resistance to killer robots growing

Activists from 35 countries met in Berlin this week to call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Geneva. They say that if Germany took the lead, other countries would follow.
Source: dw.com
25/03/2019

Roskomnadzor to design a system to monitor search engines and VPN

The General Radio Frequency Centre, subordinated to Russia's Media Watchdog, announced the state tender to develop an automated system to control the blocking of prohibited sites.
Source: meduza.io
25/03/2019

Opposition to EU copyright reform growing

Tens of thousands demonstrated in Germany against the EU's planned copyright reform on Saturday. The new directive is due to be passed by the EU Parliament on Tuesday. Critics fear that it will lead to censorship. Article 13, according to which online platforms will no longer be able to direct users to copyrighted content, is the main source of concern.
Source: eurotopics.net
18/03/2019

Equality commission to investigate BBC over pay discrimination

The BBC is to be formally investigated by the equality watchdog over claims men were consistently paid more than women for doing the same job.
Source: theguardian.com
18/03/2019

Wildlife campaigners take legal action against ‘pest’ bird killings

The killing of thousands of “pest” birds each year including crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and woodpigeons is to be challenged in court by wildlife campaigners from new group called Wild Justice.
Source: theguardian.com
18/03/2019

Amnesty report: EU complicit in violence against refugees

In a report released on Wednesday, Amnesty International stated that European governments, by prioritizing border control, are complicit in “the systematic, unlawful and frequently violent pushbacks” against asylum seekers.The report details the abuse asylum seekers face at the hands of Croatian police and the squalid conditions in the refugee camps.
Source: jurist.org
18/03/2019

Russia’s plans for its own Internet

To protect the country from external attacks the Russian leadership wants to isolate it digitally. A corresponding law providing for Internet traffic to be cut off from foreign servers in the event of a threat was passed in the first reading in the Duma. Thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against the move. Is this the end of Internet freedom in Russia?
Source: eurotopics.net
18/03/2019

Latvia wants to limit cash transactions

Latvia wants to limit cash payments to no more than 3,000 euros. The draft law comes in answer to recommendations from experts at the Council of Europe who had harshly criticised the Latvian authorities' attempts to crack down on money laundering last year as half-hearted. Commentators see the move as tantamount to scrapping cash entirely - and start to panic.
Source: eurotopics.net