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European Court of Justice rules obesity can be a disability
December 18, 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that morbid obesity can be considered a disability under the Equal Treatment in Employment Directive if the employee is prevented from fully participating in professional life because of his or her weight. The case arose from the Retten i Kolding ....... [more]

EU court bans homosexuality tests for asylum seekers
December 2, 2014
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that refugees seeking asylum on the basis of homosexuality can not be subjected to tests or interrogations in order to prove their sexual orientation. The court nullified the previous practice of verification based on homosexual stereotypes and detai....... [more]

UK PM threatens to leave EU if no welfare payments changes allowed
November 28, 2014
UK Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech Friday raised the possibility of the UK leaving the EU if other member state leaders block plans to restrict access to welfare payments for migrants. Cameron outlined proposed welfare reform which would block European migrants to the UK from receiving welf....... [more]

EU high court advisor rejects UK challenge to banker bonus cap legislation
November 20, 2014
Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen of the European Court of Justice issued an opinion Thursday endorsing an EU plan to cap bankers' bonuses. The UK had challenged the cap, which restricts bonuses to 100 percent of banker's pay or 200 percent with shareholder approval. The non-binding opinion rejected....... [more]

EU politicians vote to allow GMO bans
November 11, 2014
European Union politicians on Tuesday approved a plan allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on Environment, Publi....... [more]

EU court affirms ruling by German court on immigrant benefit refusal
November 11, 2014
The EU Court of Justice on Tuesday affirmed a German court decision to ban unemployment benefits of a Romanian immigrant who did not seek employment in Germany. Pursuant to the 2004 EU directive on freedom of movement, EU citizens must have sufficient resources to support themselves after three mon....... [more]

Hungary PM drops proposed Internet tax law
October 31, 2014
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. The proposed legislation spar....... [more]

EU Commission sues Sweden for online betting and poker laws
October 17, 2014
The European Commission filed a lawsuit against Sweden on Thursday for failing to change its laws on online betting and poker games that breach EU law on the free movement of services. The EU referred Sweden to the Court of Justice (ECJ) in two separate cases related to its restriction of gambling l....... [more]

Catalonia president signs decree calling for referendum on independence from Spain
September 27, 2014
The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree today calling for a referendum on secession and independence from Spain, inciting confrontation from Spain's central government in Madrid. In a statement after the ceremonial signing, President Artur Mas, emphasizing Catalonia's "right to....... [more]

Ukraine ratifies agreement with EU, grants autonomy to eastern regions
September 16, 2014
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union....... [more]

European court allows library to digitize but not disseminate works
September 13, 2014
The European Court of Justice (EJC) ruled on Thursday that EU member states may authorize public libraries to digitize works contained in their collections without the consent of the rights holders. The ruling comes after the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany brought a lawsuit against Eu....... [more]




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