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European Parliament offers scathing criticism of EU-US Privacy Shield

The Par­lia­men­t’s Civil Lib­er­ties Com­mit­tee has adopted a res­o­lu­tion crit­i­cis­ing the Com­mis­sion’s EU-US Pri­vacy Shield. The res­o­lu­tion raises yet more ques­tions on whether the agree­ment is legally sus­tain­able.

Official draft opinion by copyright rapporteur differs significantly from recent leak

Many of the amend­ments in the leaked re­port by Par­lia­men­t’s chief rap­por­teur on the Com­mis­sion’s new copy­right pro­posal re­main. The of­fi­cial draft does how­ever in­clude a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant changes that were not in­cluded in the re­cent leak.

“The re­port that I pre­sented rep­re­sents bal­anced so­lu­tions to en­sure that cul­tural and cre­ative in­dus­tries can con­tinue to thrive in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket and of­ten sup­ports the un­der­ly­ing prin­ci­ples se­lected by the Com­mis­sion”

Therese Co­mo­dini Cachia, Copy­right Rap­por­teur and Mem­ber of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment

Issue: Copyright Reform

European Commission’s proposed new right for press publishers is mired in controversy

The new press pub­lish­ers right in the Com­mis­sion’s pro­posed copy­right di­rec­tive is a rad­i­cal mea­sure aimed at sup­port­ing a news in­dus­try in peril. The pro­posal may how­ever have se­vere un­in­tended con­se­quences.

Issue: Data Privacy

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield maintains legal limbo for transatlantic data transfers

A new deal for EU-U.S. per­sonal data trans­fers was rushed through af­ter the Eu­ro­pean Court of Jus­tice in­val­i­dated the pre­vi­ous Safe Har­bor agree­ment. It is how­ever still doubt­ful whether the new frame­work meets EU data pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments.

Issue: European Integration

Kosovo is slowly moving closer to normalising its relationship with the EU

Seven years af­ter Kosovo's de­c­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence, Kosovo is still fac­ing sub­stan­tial ob­sta­cles to reg­u­lar­is­ing its re­la­tion­ship with the EU. We had a dis­cus­sion with Kosovo's Min­is­ter of In­te­rior Af­fairs, Sk­ender Hy­seni, about what lays ahead.

Issue: Roma Inclusion

We are condemning a generation of Roma children to growing up in walled ghettos

Roma seg­re­ga­tion is fre­quent in Ro­ma­nia. In Baia Mare, a so­cial-hous­ing com­plex mostly in­hab­ited by Roma peo­ple is be­com­ing a walled-in ghetto. In Roșia, Roma chil­dren are sent to seg­re­gated schools. Both is al­legedly be­ing done for the well­be­ing of the chil­dren.

Issue: Roma Inclusion

What western Europe can do for one of the most marginalised communities in the EU

The pres­ence of Roma peo­ple is a con­tested and di­vi­sive is­sue across Eu­rope, and of­ten­times lo­cal au­thor­i­ties make the prob­lem worse by de­stroy­ing camps and push­ing com­mu­ni­ties from one lo­ca­tion to an­other, thereby stig­ma­tis­ing and re­in­forc­ing neg­a­tive stereo­types.

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