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5th EJSF plenary on Mandatory Due Diligence, 3rd December 2020

The 5th annual EJSF plenary will take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020, 14h – 16h00 CET (online). This year’s topic will be ‘A global standard for Mandatory Due Diligence: EU leadership towards a more sustainable world’. The event will be hosted by European Economic & Social Committee member Professor Bernd Schlűtter. Confirmed speakers [...]

By |2020-10-13T08:00:55+00:00October 13th, 2020|EJSF Plenary, Events, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on 5th EJSF plenary on Mandatory Due Diligence, 3rd December 2020

Rule of law: First EC Rule of Law report, EU budget & rule of law

The European Commission (EC) has published its first ever report on the state of the rule of law in the EU 27 Member States (MSs). The report provides an overview of the situation in each MS based on criteria including independence of the judiciary and media pluralism. The report is intended to raise awareness [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:23:22+00:00October 13th, 2020|European Commission, Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Rule of law: First EC Rule of Law report, EU budget & rule of law

Sustainable Corporate Governance: mandatory due diligence legislation, cocoa sector

The EC has launched a consultation, until 8 October, on sustainable corporate governance (SCG) including future legislation on mandatory due diligence (MDD). The consultation draws on two EC studies published this year, one on due diligence requirements through the supply chain; the other on directors’ duties and sustainable corporate governance. Based on feedback from [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:21:38+00:00October 13th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Sustainable Corporate Governance: mandatory due diligence legislation, cocoa sector

State of the European Union address: climate, health, digitalisation

Delivering her first State of the (European) Union address on 16th September, EC President Ursula von der Leyen set out her priorities for the coming year. These include a 55% emissions reduction by 2030 (up from a previous target of 40%); building a stronger European Health Union, taking a global lead on digitalisation including [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:20:20+00:00October 13th, 2020|Climate, Digitilisation, Health, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on State of the European Union address: climate, health, digitalisation

New EC Digital Finance and CMU packages

The EC has launched two major initiatives to help support the financial sector, including consumers, towards recovery. A digital finance package, including a strategy on retail payments, aims to make EU rules more digital-friendly and safe for consumers. The accompanying legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience seek to ensure access to innovative financial [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:18:30+00:00October 13th, 2020|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on New EC Digital Finance and CMU packages

New EC fair tax package

As part of the EU recovery agenda, the EC has adopted a comprehensive new tax package. The overall aim is to boost tax fairness, protect against unfair competition and increase transparency. The package consists of an action plan setting out 25 actions to improve tax fairness and simplicity, a proposal to extend EU tax [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:16:59+00:00October 13th, 2020|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on New EC fair tax package

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