Legal Dialogue

24/12/2018

EU sets stricter CO2 limits for new cars

The EU has again approved the introduction of significantly tougher limits for CO2 emissions by 2030. The emissions levels of new cars are to be 37.5 percent lower in 2030 compared to 2021. The car industry has criticised the new rules. Commentators see the manufacturers' complaints about the move as the usual lobbying, but also call for more financial incentives for eco-friendly vehicles.
Source: eurotopics.net
24/12/2018

Germany ‘demands’ Facebook address NYT allegations

Germany urged Facebook to "immediately" address allegations raised in a New York Times article about the social networking giant's practice of sharing data with other companies.
Source: politico.eu
24/12/2018

UK moves to limit immigration

The British government has plans for a new immigration law to apply after Brexit. Visas for work migrants would be limited to one year unless they earn more than 30,000 pounds (roughly 33,000 euros), in which case they would receive a five-year visa. Some commentators say the legislation would increase exploitation of foreign workers. Others see the plans as a step towards a fairer system.
Source:  eurotopics.net
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