The wolf is set to become a fully protected species in Slovakia after the country implemented a total ban on hunting. The country finally adopted new rules that bring it into line with EU guidelines. A European Commission infringement process was launched against Slovakia in 2013 for breaching a directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.
Source: Emerging Europe
Danish officials have downplayed concerns that a new immigration agreement struck with Rwanda could lead to the East African nation hosting refugees for Denmark. While the memorandum does not outline any clear plans for Rwanda to host refugees for Denmark, languaging in the document has sparked concerns that the agreement could open a door down that path.
Food delivery companies based in Spain have three months to employ their couriers as staff under new rules approved by the government, one of the first laws in Europe regarding gig-economy workers' rights. A debate on how to regulate workers' rights in the gig economy is unfolding globally. The European Commission has opened a public consultation period on potential EU-wide rules.
Ten people have filed a criminal complaint against Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko, alleging torture and crimes against humanity. As no legal action has been taken inside Belarus against security personnel, or Lukashenko, the lawyers hope an independent court case could be launched in Germany.
Russia's parliament will debate a bill to ban members of "extremist" organizations from being elected as lawmakers in a move targeting supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The legislation can affect not only senior members and activists of Navalny's political network but tens of thousands of Russians who supported its work with donations.
Source: The Moscow Times
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has challenged Russia’s "foreign agent" law and the millions of dollars in fines levied on its Russian operations, arguing to the European Court of Human Rights that Moscow was violating its international obligations. Nine of RFE/RL’s news outlets have been designated foreign agents.
The EU is negotiating changes to its law enforcing the Aarhus Convention, a United Nations agreement that protects the public’s access to justice in environmental matters. The Parliament voted to allow members of the public to challenge EU laws and decisions that could violate laws relating to the environment, whereas the current law allows only NGOs to do so.
A proposed law that would criminalise violence and hate speech against LGBT people in Italy has thrown together an unlikely alliance of opponents. Some feminists and lesbian associations have joined the Catholic church and the political right in opposing a bill that would add gay, transgender people and the disabled to the categories protected by a law punishing religion and race-based hate crimes.
Divorced fathers in Greece have their hopes pinned on new legislation granting them equal time with their children, but the proposed change faces a fierce backlash over domestic violence fears. Supporters say the bill corrects an injustice in a country where mothers are granted custody in almost all cases. But opposition parties and rights groups argue that it disregards the risk of domestic violence and could endanger victims.