On September 27, the Russian State Duma adopted the second reading of legislation that will raise the country’s retirement age from 55 to 60 for women and from 60 to 65 for men. The revised legislation softens some aspects of the original legislation (the hike to women’s pension age is now three years fewer, and certain pension benefits will remain unchanged).
Open Society Foundations has filed a suit in the European Court of Human Rights against Hungary over “Stop Soros laws.”The laws enacted in Hungary include “a 25 percent tax on funding for any activities and organizations that promote or positively portray migration” and making it illegal for “individuals or civil society organizations to support asylum or residence applications.”
Italy's government has approved tougher asylum laws. Among other measures the proceedings of applicants who are deemed to be "socially dangerous" or have been convicted of a crime are to be suspended.
Head of the presidential Human Rights Council (HRC), Mikhail Fedotov, suggested to legitimize sending from pre-trial detention facilities to prison colonies those people, who have been convicted but whose sentences have not yet come into force.
The canton of St Gallen has become the second in Switzerland to vote in favor of a ban on facial coverings in public. The Swiss also voted against a measure promoting organic and sustainable agriculture.
Poland was suspended from the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary on Monday because the body that nominates the country’s judges is no longer seen as being independent of political control.
A woman is challenging a decision to prosecute her for obtaining abortion pills for her pregnant underage daughter in a potential landmark case for abortion rights in Northern Ireland. She will seek to overturn a decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to subject her to a criminal trial and the prospect of five years in prison for supplying the pills in 2013 to her then 15-year-old daughter, who terminated the pregnancy.
Croatia's Labour Minister Marko Pavić has proposed bringing the raise in the retirement age forward to 2031. Originally the planned increase from from 65 to 67 years of age was not to take place until 2038. Bringing the retirement age up to 67 has been stipulated by the European Commission. For some journalists the initiative is timely, but others worry about the fate of future pensioners.
EU lawmakers voted on Wednesday in favor of initiating measures against the Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban for allegedly breaching the values upon which the EU was founded. The measure allows Article 7 sanctions, under the Treaty of Lisbon, to be brought against Hungary, which could result in the country’s expulsion from the EU. The resolution was passed by a vote of 448 to 197, with 48 abstentions, meeting the two-thirds majority threshold needed to begin such legal action.