The European Commission has adopted a new strategy with an EU accession perspective for the countries in the Western Balkans. The initiative highlights key areas where the potential future member states need to reform along with fundamental EU institutional reforms necessary for the effective functioning of an enlarged union. »
Therese Comodini Cachia, the lead rapporteur for the European Parliament’s report on the proposed new copyright directive, has announced that she will step down following her appointment this week to the Maltese parliament. It is however still unclear who will take over the key post on the copyright dossier. ∎
“The Western Balkans are part of Europe: we share the same history, the same geography, the same cultural heritage and the same opportunities and challenges today and in the future. We have a common interest in working more and more closely together to guarantee to our people economic and social development, and security.”
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.