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European Justice Stakeholders Forum news

COVID-19 continues to present many challenges to rule of law and fundamental rights. Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) is to be a major focus of the EU’s recovery plan. European Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, has promised new legislation in 2021 imposing mandatory due diligence in relation to social and environmental impacts both within companies’ operations [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:55:15+00:00June 25th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories, Uncategorized|Comments Off on European Justice Stakeholders Forum news

Trade review & foreign subsidies

In June, the EC launched a public consultation (until 15th September) on a comprehensive review of EU trade policy. Topics include WTO reform and how to maximise the contribution of trade policy to addressing key global challenges including climate change and sustainable development. Addressing the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on 19th [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:50:43+00:00June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Trade review & foreign subsidies

A new rule book for digital services

Two new public consultations concerning digital platforms were launched by the European Commission on 2nd June: the first seeks views on a future modern rule book for digital services and addresses issues such as safety online, freedom of expression and a level playing field in the digital economy. A related second consultation covers possible [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:48:57+00:00June 25th, 2020|Digital Services|Comments Off on A new rule book for digital services

Disinformation & balancing rights in the time of COVID-19

Online platforms are also the focus of a joint Communication to tackle disinformation during COVID-19, presented on 10th June by the European Commission and EU High Representative. The Communication addresses the proliferation of disinformation during COVID-19 and issues such as illegal hate speech and threats to security and democracy. Platforms are asked to submit [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:46:06+00:00June 25th, 2020|COVID-19|Comments Off on Disinformation & balancing rights in the time of COVID-19

Action Plan to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing

The EC has presented an all-embracing new Action Plan which aims to close any remaining loopholes in existing EU anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing rules. The Plan includes proposed legislation to create a single EU rule book on areas to be regulated at EU level and to create a new EU AML supervisory [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:44:02+00:00June 25th, 2020|Anti-Money Laundering|Comments Off on Action Plan to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing

European Justice Stakeholders Forum News

Marking the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the 4th EJSF annual plenary, on 19th November 2019, focused on ‘Rights under threat – how can the EU Fundamental Rights Charter work better for citizens?’  The event was co-hosted with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and [...]

By |2020-03-17T17:01:27+00:00March 17th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on European Justice Stakeholders Forum News

Business & Human Rights: EU Push for Regulation

Political momentum is growing in Europe for a stronger mechanism to apply the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (BHR). In December 2019, the outgoing Finnish Presidency of the EU Council published an Agenda for Action on BHR addressed to the new EU Parliament and Commission. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency is [...]

By |2020-03-17T16:59:29+00:00March 17th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Business & Human Rights: EU Push for Regulation

Anti-Money Laundering: Consultation on Future EU Legal Framework

The Commission has outlined its ideas for updating the existing EU regulatory framework to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Published on the 12th February, the roadmap identifies a number of deficiencies in the current system including inadequate application of EU AML rules by lawyers and accountants, and deficient supervision by national supervisors. In [...]

By |2020-03-17T11:35:34+00:00March 17th, 2020|Anti-Money Laundering, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Anti-Money Laundering: Consultation on Future EU Legal Framework

AI and Data Strategies: Commission Launches Consultation

As part of its overall Digital Package (see above), the EC put forward its vision for future regulation of AI and data. The AI White Paper sets out options for future regulation that seeks to balance development of AI with respect for European values and fundamental rights. Legislative proposals on safety, liability, fundamental rights [...]

By |2020-03-17T11:31:41+00:00March 17th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on AI and Data Strategies: Commission Launches Consultation

Digital Package

On 19th February 2020, the European Commission (EC) set out its strategy for ‘Shaping Europe’s Digital Future’ in ways that are that are fair, democratic, open and sustainable. The package of three documents sets out an overall vision, and separate strategies for AI and Data (see below). A whole raft of actions is planned: [...]

By |2020-03-17T11:29:54+00:00March 17th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Digital Package