FREE Newsletter 13th and 14th of December 2012

EU INTEGRATION PROCESS

EU leaders differ on further eurozone integration

Euobserver: “EU leaders early Friday (14 December) had different views on how to deepen integration in the eurozone, with Germany insisting that any new budget aimed at rewarding reforms in the eurozone should be at most €20 billion strong…”

HUMAN RIGHTS

CIA rendition victim wins European court case

Euobserver: “The European Court of Human Rights has vindicated a German national, a victim of the CIA’s secret rendition programme on European soil, in what human rights advocates are calling a major ruling. The Strasbourg-based court on Thursday (13 December) decided that Macedonian authorities had violated the fundamental rights of Khaled El-Masri when they handed him over to the CIA in 2004…”

EU BUDGET

EU Budget 2013 Adopted: Statement by Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski

Europa Rapid: “European Commission MEMO Brussels, 12 December 2012 This statement was made after the plenary session of the European Parliament adopted the proposal for the 2013 EU budget, one week after the Council approved it. “I am pleased that the European Union, its citizens, regions, businesses and scientists now have a…”

EXTERNAL RELATIONS WITH UKRAINE

Joint statement on the situation in Ukraine

Europa Rapid: “European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 12 December 2012 Mr President, Honourable Members, There are many challenges on Ukraine’s road towards political association and economic integration with the European Union. We remain firmly engaged to developing relations with Ukraine, but we cannot realise the full potential of our relations yet…”

Elections failed to bring Ukraine closer to the EU, say MEPs

Europa Rapid: “Though the association agenda with Ukraine is still on, the country must prove its commitment to genuine democracy before an agreement can be signed, say MEPs in the light of the unsatisfactory 2012 elections which were meant to be a key test of Ukraine’s progress…”

HUMAN RIGHTS

Ban exports of information technology to repressive regimes

European Parliament News: “Parliament calls for bans on EU exports of information technology that can be used by repressive regimes to censor information, conduct mass surveillance and track people’s movements in two separate resolutions voted on Tuesday and Thursday. In a third resolution, passed on Thursday, MEPs urge the EU to reinforce its work with civil society instead of focusing on relations with authorities…”

NOBEL PRIZE

Prix Nobel de la Paix Remarques du Président Barroso à la Cérémonie au Parlement européen

Europa Rapid: “Commission européenne José Manuel Durão Barroso Président de la Commission européenne Session plénière/Strasbourg 12 décembre 2012 Monsieur le Président du Parlement européen, Monsieur le Président en exercice du Conseil, Mesdames et Messieurs les Députés, Chers Citoyennes et Citoyens de l’Europe C’était avec une très profonde émotion qu’au nom de l’Union…”

HUMAN RIGHTS

Trailblazing new approaches to prostitution

Public Service Europe: “More than a decade after adopting new policies on prostitution, two EU countries are discovering what works and what does not – and it is time for the rest of Europe to realise the urgency of breaking the status quo, writes women’s lobby…”

WAR ON DRUGS

‘Folly and farce’ of western world’s drugs policy

Public Service Europe: “Prohibition of drugs has not only failed to reduce usage but has stimulated it – and the only way to undermine the criminals, and dent their profits, is to adopt licensing and legalisation, writes MEP…”

POLICE AND JUDICIAL COOPERATION

Coopérations renforcées et brevet européen : précisions jurisprudentielles à venir

Réseau Universitaire Européen Droit de l’Espace de Liberté, Securité & Justice (gdr-elsj, see blogroll)Le jeu des  » coopérations renforcées » permet aux États membres qui le souhaitent d’approfondir la construction européenne dans un domaine déterminé, en utilisant le cadre institutionnel de l’UE, conformément à l’article 20 TUE. Elle autorise ainsi ces États, au mieux, à aller plus vite et plus loin, sinon à continuer d’aller de l’avant sans se laisser bloquer par les réticences d’autres États. Tel était le cas dans l’affaire Espagne et Italie c. Conseil, soumise à la Cour et concernant le blocage persistant du dossier du brevet européen.

Indépendamment du fond du dossier législatif, débloqué le 11 décembre au Parlement européen sur la base d’un compromis proposé par la présidence chypriote, le régime des coopérations renforcées y gagnera d’utiles précisions.

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