Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU

THIS IS AN  “In-depth analysis” FOR THE PETITIONS COMMITTEE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT. FULL TEXT ACCESSIBLE HERE  AUTHORS : Deirdre CURTIN, Päivi LEINO-SANDBERG. Abstract . Upon request of the PETI Committee, the Policy Department on Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned the present analysis, which examines the situation in relation to openness, transparency, access to documents and… Continue reading Openness, Transparency and the Right of Access to Documents in the EU

European Data Protection Supervisor Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision

ORIGINAL PUBLISHED HERE Executive Summary (emphasis are added) Data flows are global. The EU is bound by the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which protect all individuals in the EU. The EU is obliged to take all necessary steps to ensure the rights to privacy and to the protection… Continue reading European Data Protection Supervisor Opinion on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield draft adequacy decision

EP Research Service : Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making

ORIGINAL ACCESSIBLE HERE Author: Laura Tilindyte According to Article 295 TFEU, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission may conclude interinstitutional agreements (IIAs) setting out arrangements for their cooperation. A number of such agreements are in place, including the 2003 IIA on Better Law-Making, which is now to be replaced by a new agreement.… Continue reading EP Research Service : Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making

BETTER…ADMINISTRATIVE MAKING AT EU LEVEL (when the European Parliament paves the way to an, almost reluctant, European Commission…).

Since years the European Parliament ask the European Commission to submit a formal legislative proposal framing the administrative activity of the European Union as foreseen by art 298 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union and by the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to the former “In carrying out their missions,… Continue reading BETTER…ADMINISTRATIVE MAKING AT EU LEVEL (when the European Parliament paves the way to an, almost reluctant, European Commission…).

Strasbourg Court: Hungarian legislation on secret anti-terrorist surveillance does not have sufficient safeguards against abuse

Press release accessible here  In January 12 Chamber judgment1 in the case of Szabó and Vissy v. Hungary (application no. 37138/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence) of the European Convention on… Continue reading Strasbourg Court: Hungarian legislation on secret anti-terrorist surveillance does not have sufficient safeguards against abuse

Zakharov v Russia: Mass Surveillance and the European Court of Human Rights

Reblogged also by EU LAW ANALYSIS on Wednesday, 16 December with permission from the IALS Information Lawand Policy Centre blog by Lorna Woods, (*)  Introduction  The European Court of Human Rights has heard numerous challenges to surveillance regimes, both individual and mass surveillance, with mixed results over the years.   Following the Snowden revelations, the question would be whether… Continue reading Zakharov v Russia: Mass Surveillance and the European Court of Human Rights

EU-US Umbrella Data Protection Agreement : Detailed analysis by Douwe Korff

14 October 2015 (NOTA BENE : This text is more than 60 pages) by Douwe KORFF (FREE GROUP MEMBER) About the Fundamental Rights Europe Expert Group (FREE): The Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE Group : http://www.free-group.eu)  is a Belgian non governmental organisation (Association Sans But Lucratif (ASBL) Registered at Belgian Moniteur: Number 304811. According to art 3 and… Continue reading EU-US Umbrella Data Protection Agreement : Detailed analysis by Douwe Korff

The General Principles of EU Administrative Procedural Law

THE TEXT BELOW IS AN EXCERPT OF A STUDY ACCESSIBLE HERE  Nota Bene: Upon request by the European Parliament JURI Committee this in-depth analysis explains what general principles of EU administrative procedural law are, and how they can be formulated in  the recitals of a  Regulation   on  EU  administrative  procedure. Authors:  Diana-Urania Galetta, Professor of Administrative Law and European… Continue reading The General Principles of EU Administrative Procedural Law

“(EU’s) Laws are like sausages. You should never watch them being made…” (*)

by Emilio De Capitani As denounced in several posts of this blog the distance between the daily practice of the EU institutions and the democratic principles enshrined in the Treaties is growing day by day. I am not referring here to the way how representative democracy is framed at EU level. Suffice to remember how… Continue reading “(EU’s) Laws are like sausages. You should never watch them being made…” (*)

“DON’T MENTION THE EXTRA JUDGES!” WHEN CJEU REFORM TURNS INTO FARCE

PUBLISHED ON EU LAW ANALYSIS ON Friday, 3 July 2015 by Steve Peers The classic British comedy Fawlty Towers derived its humour from the doomed attempts of the ill-tempered hotel owner Basil Fawlty to control the uncontrollable situations that developed around him, often taking out his frustrations on his waiter, Manuel. No one would seriously… Continue reading “DON’T MENTION THE EXTRA JUDGES!” WHEN CJEU REFORM TURNS INTO FARCE