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Rule of law

As part of its continued efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Europe, the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council will host the first annual high-level conference on the rule of law in Coimbra on 17th and 18th May 2021. In parallel, the European Commission (EC) is preparing its 2nd annual report on [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:36:12+00:00April 20th, 2021|Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Rule of law

Democracy and press freedom

The EP has also been vocal on rising challenges to press freedom in Europe. MEPs condemned attacks on the media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia and called on the EC to do more to protect journalists in the EU. In her keynote address to an EP debate in March 2021 on the subject, EC [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:34:20+00:00April 20th, 2021|Democracy, Press Freedom, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Democracy and press freedom

Sustainability

In March 2021, the EP adopted an Own Initiative Report calling for a binding EU law to ensure companies are held accountable and liable for human rights and environment abuses throughout their supply chains. The report, authored by MEP Lara Wolters, also calls for access to legal remedies for victims of such abuses. The [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:32:53+00:00April 20th, 2021|Sustainability, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Sustainability

Consumer financial services

The EC has launched a public consultation on instant payments. The broad aims of the consultation are to identify obstacles to the availability and use of instant payments and to inform the EC on possible future action to ensure that a critical mass of EU public service providers (PSPs) can offer instant credit transfers. [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:31:29+00:00April 20th, 2021|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Consumer financial services

Brexit and financial services

During March 2021, the UK and EU completed technical discussions on a Memorandum of Understanding on financial services. The MoU sets out a framework for regulatory cooperation and establishes a Joint UK-EU Financial Regulatory Forum for dialogue and information sharing. In a recent interview, former head of the EC’s Brexit Taskforce, Michel Barnier, emphasized [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:28:05+00:00April 20th, 2021|Brexit, Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Brexit and financial services

Artificial Intelligence

One area which poses many challenges to fundamental rights is artificial intelligence (AI). On 21st April 2021, the European Commission will present a horizontal legislative proposal for trustworthy AI. The proposal follows last year’s White Paper and an extensive public consultation. The new proposal is expected to designate and establish new legal requirements for [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:26:41+00:00April 20th, 2021|AI, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence

5th EJSF plenary December 2020

'A global standard for Mandatory Due Diligence: EU leadership towards a more sustainable world’ was the theme of the 5th annual EJSF online plenary on 3rd December 2020. EU policymakers and representatives from companies, law firms, OECD and civil society addressed issues around civil liability and enforcement of the European Commission’s planned legislation on mandatory due diligence (MDD) [...]

By |2021-04-20T11:25:07+00:00December 20th, 2020|EJSF Plenary, Events, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on 5th EJSF plenary December 2020

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