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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

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

European Green Deal

The European Green Deal (EGD) is the European Commission’s flagship initiative for the coming 5 years. Launched in December 2019, the EGD’s overall aim is to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. A first roadmap of planned cross-cutting measures for 2020 includes a proposed European ‘Climate Law’ enshrining the 2050 neutrality [...]

By |2020-03-17T11:23:51+00:00March 17th, 2020|Top News|Comments Off on European Green Deal

4th EJSF Annual Plenary, 19 November, EESC Brussels

Meanwhile, preparations are well under way for the 4th EJSF annual plenary, taking place on 19th November in the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC), Brussels. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the EU Charter, the theme of this year’s event is ‘Rights under threat – how [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:13:24+00:00September 1st, 2019|Events, Top News|Comments Off on 4th EJSF Annual Plenary, 19 November, EESC Brussels

EU 2019-24 – Commission President Priorities and Key MEPs

A new EU leadership, which will set the priorities of the future Commission and Parliament until 2024, is taking shape. Commission President-Elect, Ursula von der Leyen, will assume office on 1st November. Her political priorities in a potential post-Brexit EU include: Europe's first ever Climate Law to enshrine its target of being the world's first [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:11:52+00:00September 1st, 2019|Brexit, European Commission, Top News|Comments Off on EU 2019-24 – Commission President Priorities and Key MEPs

Rule of Law – New Commission Communication and Finnish EU Council Presidency Activities

On 17th July, the Commission published a Communication on measures to strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Directed to the future EU leadership, its recommendations - based around 3 pillars - include an annual conference with civil society, a rule of law review cycle and annual report, and a more effective enforcement mechanism [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:08:38+00:00September 1st, 2019|European Commission, Top News|Comments Off on Rule of Law – New Commission Communication and Finnish EU Council Presidency Activities