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29/05/2018

Europe’s new privacy rules took effect May 25

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is the largest overhaul of the region’s rules in more than 20 years. It’s aimed at giving the Continent’s more than 500 million citizens greater control over how their digital information is used by companies and governments.
Source: politico.eu
29/05/2018

Swedish law now recognizes sex without consent as rape

It is the first law in the country that acknowledges sex without explicit consent as rape, a move lawmakers say is “based on the obvious.” With the passage of the law, Sweden became the 10th country in Western Europe to recognize nonconsensual sex as rape.
Source: nytimes.com
29/05/2018

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products. Single-use plastic objects and fishing gear accounts for 70 percent of trash in the ocean and the move towards "innovative alternatives" could create some 30,000 jobs.
Source: dw.com
29/05/2018

Petersburg lawyers go to Constitutional Court and the ECHR to challenge the restrictions on rallies during the World Cup

Due to the "Law on the hosting of the World Cup" and the presidential decree "On strengthened security measures" special restrictions on holding rallies are imposed in the cities that host the World Cup.
Source: echo.msk.ru
22/05/2018

EU demands action by Poland’s government to protect rule of law

The commission is demanding that Poland remove the discretionary power of its president, Andrzej Duda, to prolong the mandate of supreme court judges, and abandon the extraordinary appeal procedure, which includes a power to reopen final judgments made years earlier.
Source: theguardian.com
22/05/2018

The bill on the third term for Putin was submitted to the State Duma

Chechen MPs proposed to change the Constitution of Russia and allow the head of state to hold this post not two, but three consecutive terms.
Source: meduza.io
22/05/2018

EU takes France, Germany and others to court over air quality

The European Commission will take France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Britain to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits. The move follows a summit in January in which the Commission said it would get tough on member states that were still in breach of targets introduced for 2005 and 2010.
Source: reuters.com
22/05/2018

Greece lawmakers approve bill to simplify asylum procedures

The bill addresses "issues concerning the reception, hosting and integration of asylum seekers and refugees, speeding up asylum procedures as well as provisions related to immigration policy." The Migration Policy Ministry drafted the bill in accordance with two EU directives to speed up asylum processes and protect refugees.
Source: jurist.org
22/05/2018

Foreign groups invade Ireland’s online abortion debate

Facebook and Google banned foreign ads ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum, but foreigners are still weighing heavily into the online campaign.
Source: politico.eu
14/05/2018

Orban’s Government Ordered to Apologize to NGO After Soros Dispute

A court in Budapest obliged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government to apologize to a human rights organization for making false statements about it in the buildup to last month’s elections, in a rare victory for NGOs amid an increasing official crackdown.
Source: bloomberg.com
14/05/2018

Portugal’s president vetoes new gender-change law

The law, approved by parliament last month, would have allowed citizens to make the legal changes from the age of 16 without the need of a medical test.
Source:  bbc.com
14/05/2018

The Russian authorities want to jail people for observing or even promoting Western sanctions

Russia is about to pass a law that will impose criminal penalties on anybody who observes or promotes Western sanctions.
Source: meduza.io