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EU rights committee criticizes Bulgaria treatment of prisoners
March 26, 2015
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture on Thursday criticized Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had in....... [more]

HRW urges European leaders to raise concerns over Kyrgyzstan
March 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills that....... [more]

EU unveils draft legislation requiring automatic exchange of tax rulings
March 18, 2015
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, on Wednesday released a package of proposed legislation aimed at combating tax deals between individual EU member states and multinational companies. Included in the "Tax Transparency Package" is legislation requiring member states to automatically....... [more]

EU to stand by policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea
March 17, 2015
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a....... [more]

Dutch court strikes down data retention law
March 12, 2015
The District Court of The Hague on Wednesday struck down a Dutch data retention law, holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens. The law, enacted in 2009, allowed the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 12 months for the alleged purpose of fighti....... [more]

EU top court dismisses Iranian bank's sanctions challenge
March 5, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday threw out a challenge by an Iranian trade bank based in Hamburg after the bank questioned its inclusion on the EU's sanction list. This action marks a victory for the EU, coming after many of its Iran sanction rulings were overturned by courts. The EU....... [more]

EU court annuls European Central Bank oversight requirement
March 4, 2015
The General Court of the European Union on Wednesday annulled a portion of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework requiring financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be located in the Eurozone. The UK brought the action before the General Court, contending t....... [more]

EU finance ministers agree to extend Greece bailout
February 21, 2015
Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Friday to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months, though the deal will not be ratified until next week after the list of reforms, including all the policy measures the government plans to take during the remainder of the bailout period, are approved. Th....... [more]

Amnesty: Europe should do more to manage migration crisis in Mediterranean
February 19, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for Migrati....... [more]

HRW: EU failing to address Hungary 'rule of law' concerns
February 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human right....... [more]

Dutch court urged to strike down national data-retention law
February 18, 2015
Privacy advocates in the Netherlands on Wednesday urged the District Court of The Hague to issue a preliminary injunction and declare unconstitutional the nation's data-retention law. The law, enacted in 2009, allows the Dutch government to retain telephone and Internet data of citizens for up to 1....... [more]




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