Legal Dialogue

24/12/2018

EU votes to ban disposable plastics

The EU has agreed on a law that would ban single-use plastic products starting 2021. Negotiators from the EU Commission, the EU Parliament and the EU states have agreed on the details of the legislation with the help of which cotton buds, plastic utensils and straws are to be banned. For commentators the law is a step in the right direction.
Source: eurotopics.net
24/12/2018

State Duma adopts law that decriminalizes controversial Criminal Code Article 282

On December 19, the State Duma adopted a law that will partially decriminalize the controversial Criminal Code Article 282, which courts have increasingly used to prosecute Internet users for “reposts.”
Source: meduza.io
17/12/2018

Why Russia wants more censorship

This week a draft law was presented to the Russian Duma that would make derogatory statements about the state and its representatives and the deliberate spreading of socially relevant fake news punishable offences. Russian commentators discuss what goals the government is pursuing with this legislation.
Source: eurotopics.net
17/12/2018

EU Court of Justice rules UK can halt Brexit

The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment on Monday, saying that the UK can unilaterally revoke its notification of intention to withdraw from the EU.
Source: jurist.org
17/12/2018

What will the UN migration pact change?

The UN migration pact has been passed in Marrakesh with the votes of roughly 150 countries. The vote was preceded by intense debate in many places, and Belgium's government collapsed as a result. The document establishes international rules on how migration is to be dealt with, but is not legally binding. Even now that it has been signed the pact remains controversial among Europe's commentators.
Source: eurotopics.net
17/12/2018

World’s nations agree on rules to implement Paris climate deal

After two weeks of tense negotiations, nearly 200 governments agreed late Saturday on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Source:  politico.eu
17/12/2018

Protests against Hungary’s “slave law”

A new law in Hungary will allow employers to raise the amount of overtime they can demand from their employees to 400 hours per year and give them up to three years to pay for it. The opposition is calling the new regulation a slave law and tried to prevent the parliamentary vote on it. Trade unions are demonstrating against the legislation in Budapest. Commentators also fail to see anything good about it.
Source: eurotopics.net
10/12/2018

Citing privacy concerns, federal censor blocks Alexey Navalny’s online project to defeat United Russia in regional elections

On orders from Russia’s federal censor, Internet service providers across the country started blocking Alexey Navalny’s “Smart Vote” project on Friday, three days after Moscow’s Tagansky District Court ruled that the site’s domain name registrar, the French company “Gandi SAS,” violates privacy protection laws.
Source: meduza.io
10/12/2018

Brussels braces for Yellow Jackets protest

Belgium's cabinet decided not to index excise duties on gasoline and diesel in 2019, saving about 1.5 cents per liter, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported, a step that removes one of the main public grievances of Belgium's Yellow Jackets protest movement. Protesters are expected to gather in the EU district and block traffic across the city.
Source: politico.eu