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07/09/2020

Netherlands wants to punish silence on sex abuse in closed communities

The Dutch government wants to prosecute members of private groups and communities who fail to report sexual abuse in their organisations, a move that comes after Jehovah’s Witnesses rejected demands to tackle the under-reporting of abuse.

Source: Reuters
07/09/2020

Germany begins allocating €40 billion to coal regions to start phase-out

By 2038, Germany’s last coal-fired power plants are expected to be shut down. To reorient the regions economically, however, they are to be replaced by research institutions and companies. A coordination committee will now begin allocating the funding.

Source: Euroactive
07/09/2020

Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court

Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing.

Source: The Guardian
24/08/2020

Romania ‘overpaid €356 million restitution’ for communist-seized properties

Romania overpaid at least 356 million euros in just four years in restitution for property confiscated during the Communist era as a result of corrupt schemes to defraud the state, the authorities said.

Source: Balkan Insight

24/08/2020

Poland threatens to challenge EU funding block in LGBT+ row

Poland warned it could mount a legal challenge to the European Union’s decision to withhold funding to towns accused of setting up so-called LGBT-free zones, in an escalation of a growing row over the issue. EU rejected last month six town twinning applications from Polish authorities that passed motions rejecting what they call “LGBT ideology” or defending traditional family values.

Source: Reuters
24/08/2020

Channel crossings: UK and France ‘seek to completely cut’ migrant boat route

Britain and France have agreed to strengthen efforts to stop migrants from crossing the English Channel in small boats. The UK wants more action taken to prevent migrant Channel crossings and has said it is considering possible changes to asylum laws.

Source: Euronews
24/08/2020

Germany plans equal rights for lesbian co-mothers

A baby born into a lesbian family will have two mothers, and neither will be required to apply to adopt the child, according to a proposed reform. But that won't be the case for kids in families with two fathers.

Source: DW
24/08/2020

Russia backs away from total cryptocurrency ban

Russia recently signed a new cryptocurrency law that while stopping short of the previous ban on cryptocurrencies, still imposed stringent restrictions on its use in as form of monetary currency. Starting January 1st, 2021, cryptocurrencies will be allowed in Russia, though they will not be allowed to be used in exchange for any goods or services.

Source: Forbes

06/08/2020

Law against discrimination at work comes into force in Romania

The amendment to law introduces in the Labor Code definitions for each sanctionable behavior such as harassment or discrimination by association. The new law also specifies new reasons that companies are not allowed to use for dismissing employees.

Source: Romania Insider

06/08/2020

France to push for rule-of-law sanctions as a part of EU recovery plan

France says it will press for rule-of-law sanctions under the new EU recovery budget in the amount of 750 billion euro because “there cannot be financial solidarity in Europe without worrying about respecting the basic rules of democracy, freedom of the media and equal rights.”

Source: EU Observer

06/08/2020

Irish citizens win case to force government action on climate change

A group of citizens have won a landmark case against the Irish government for failing to take adequate action on climate change. It is the first case in Ireland to hold the government to account for its contributions to dangerous levels of climate change.

Source: Euronews

06/08/2020

Rainbow flag protesters charged by Polish police

LGBTI activists are facing fines or prison for draping rainbow flags on statues in Poland, amid hardening feelings on EU values.

Source: EU Observer