Archiv: EU governmental councils


14.08.2020 - 10:02 [ Kathimerini ]

Dendias in Vienna for talks with Pompeo, EU foreign affairs council

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dendias will also meet with Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg,

25.07.2020 - 11:12 [ ec.europa.eu ]

The Digital Services Act package

The new Digital Services Act package should modernise the current legal framework for digital services by means of two main pillars:

First, the Commission would propose clear rules framing the responsibilities of digital services to address the risks faced by their users and to protect their rights. The legal obligations would ensure a modern system of cooperation for the supervision of platforms and guarantee effective enforcement.

Second, the Digital Services Act package would propose ex ante rules covering large online platforms acting as gatekeepers, which now set the rules of the game for their users and their competitors.

25.07.2020 - 11:00 [ euinternetpolicy.wordpress.com ]

The EU Digital Services Act: What it is and Why it Shouldn’t Happen

(30.09.2019)

Crucially, the Commission shifted the focus from ISSs to platforms.1 Soon thereafter, the language in the many policy documents on platforms changed. Platforms, the Commission claimed, need to act “responsibly” if they are to continue to benefit from insulation. In its highly controversial Copyright in the DSM Directive the Commission suggests that even ISSs falling under Article 14 ECD need to have effective protective technologies and that they cannot rely on the article if they do not. ‘Active’ providers cannot rely on the protection as they are not responsible enough in the Commission’s mind.

09.07.2020 - 18:13 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Germany thinks Facebook isn’t doing enough to censor “hate speech” and plans to intervene

Germany has decided that it wants to take advantage of the present sentiment towards Facebook and not let off. This week, Berlin called for more action at a meeting on Monday of the bloc’s justice ministers.

“We cannot accept the public debate being distorted and poisoned,” said German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht. “Voluntary commitments and self-responsibility are not enough.”

06.07.2020 - 10:53 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Opening remarks by Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, at the Informal meeting of Justice Ministers (via video conference), on 6 July 2020, in Berlin.

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20.06.2020 - 10:33 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Merkel Braces for the Backlash as Trump Re-Election Bid Wobbles

Merkel even cited the U.S. election as a risk factor for the EU on a videoconference with her fellow leaders on Friday, according to one official.

10.04.2020 - 09:04 [ Nuno Rafael Gomes / Twitter ]

In a nutshell, #EU’s „help“ to fight #COVIDー19:

– Only credit lines (#loans)
– No mutualised debt (#Eurobonds)
– No currency issued to countries (#monetary #sovereignty)
– Free money for financiers, not the real economy
– Skyrocket the #debt/#GDP ratio => more #austerity soon.

09.04.2020 - 15:52 [ Mujtaba Rahman, MD Europe @EurasiaGroup; formerly HM Treasury; European Commission (ECFIN) / Twitter ]

Tonight’s Eurogroup risks being a total car crash. Far from red lines evolving, North & South could not be further apart. *All 4 parts* of the package are at risk. People should not be under any illusions about how broken the politics are.

Short thread, based on chats 1/

08.04.2020 - 08:41 [ Ansa.it ]

Swift EU deal needed or ‚we all collapse‘ says Di Maio An

The Eurogroup is trying to find a compromise between Italy, France and Spain, on the one hand, who want ‚coronabonds‘, and northern deficit hawks like the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland who advocate the use of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), rejecting any mutualizing of debt.

07.04.2020 - 12:06 [ EU Council Press / Twitter ]

TODAY The presser following the #Eurogroup video conference will be online.

EU accredited journalists will be able to ask questions remotely, register using the link that you can find here with all the instructions https://europa.eu/!hM37Wf

Deadline: today at 15.00

02.04.2020 - 10:38 [ EDRI.org ]

Open letter: Civil society urges Member States to respect the principles of the law in Terrorist Content Online Regulation

On 27 March 2020, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and 12 of its member organisations sent an open letter to representatives of Member States in the Council of the EU. In the letter, we voice our deep concern over the proposed legislation on the regulation of terrorist content online and what we view as serious potential threats to fundamental rights of privacy, freedom of expression, etc.

14.03.2020 - 17:15 [ Reddit.com ]

Italy’s virus is a different strain from Wuhan’s

(28.02.2020)

„A group of researchers from Milan’s University Hospital was able to identify the strain of the Italian virus. The researchers state that when compared to what was known about the Chinese virus, a mutation has occured and this discovery will allow to reach(?) the genetic code of the virus, its specific characteristics in order to find out the time and spread speed of the virus. This should be an important first step to develop specific treatment for the infected. The scientific community has already communicated this discovery to Brussels [to the European Union headquarters] and even President Materelli has already congratulated the researchers (…)“

07.03.2020 - 13:24 [ theNational.ae ]

Syria: German Foreign Minister calls for humanitarian zone to be established in Idlib

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the ceasefire needs to be strengthened by adding a no-fly zone over the province to stop further bombings of hospitals.

“It would be wise to add a no-fly zone,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with EU counterparts in Zagreb.

18.02.2020 - 09:25 [ Wall Street Journal ]

EU to Step Up Naval Enforcement of Libya Arms Embargo

European Union foreign ministers agreed to revive a naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea to enforce the internationally backed arms embargo on Libya, a move likely to encounter stiff challenges given the recent arms buildup by regional powers in the North African country.

17.07.2019 - 09:48 [ Spiked ]

Europe’s unelected leader: Ursula von der Leyen’s coronation is an insult to democracy.

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the next president of the EU Commission, winning a vote in the European Parliament by 383 to 327.

But despite the involvement of MEPs, the process that put von der Leyen in place was nothing short of a coronation.

15.07.2019 - 22:41 [ Jewish Telegraphic Agency ]

Netanyahu accuses Europeans of appeasing Iran like they did Germany in the ’30s

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, offers Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for its scaling back of parts of its nuclear program until 2025.

The United States, which under former President Barack Obama was the driving force behind the deal, pulled out last year under President Donald Trump and snapped back sanctions on Iran and third parties that do business with the Islamic Republit.

15.07.2019 - 12:07 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Arrival and doorstep by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the Foreign Affairs Council, taking place on 15 July 2019, in Brussels.

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15.07.2019 - 12:06 [ EUObserver.com ]

UK, France, Germany call for dialogue with Iran

Ahead of the foreign affairs council on Monday 15 July, the foreign ministers of the UK, France, and Germany issued a joint statement calling for dialogue between all parties involved.

10.07.2019 - 21:27 [ Costas Lapavitsas / Independent.co.uk ]

The EU’s scurrilous anti-democratic dealings prove once again that it is beyond reform

(05.07.2019)

There has been plenty of earnest talk since the financial crisis about reform and facing up to the challenge from the populist and authoritarian right. The appointments have shown that most of it was hot air

04.07.2019 - 10:32 [ Telegraph ]

The EU is a sham democracy, and its pitiful new leaders are the proof

Thank you, Eurocrats, for being yourselves. The best cure for Europhilia is always to observe the EU’s big beasts at their unguarded worst, wheeling and dealing in their natural habitat, unencumbered by any attachment to democracy, accountability or even basic morality.

The spectacle of the past few days made for compulsive watching: we witnessed rare footage of the secretive process that propels so many retreads and second-rate apparatchiks into positions of immense power in Brussels and Frankfurt, utterly disregarding public opinion.

02.07.2019 - 10:18 [ Bloomberg ]

French ECB Presidential Hopeful Tells Germans He’s Their Friend

(28.06.2019)

France’s top contender for the presidency of the European Central Bank is appealing to Germans to treat him as one of their kind.

Speaking — in German — to an audience of family businesses in Berlin on Friday, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau highlighted his cultural and ideological links to the country. He said he shares German values, such as solidity, stability and realism, and understands the nation’s fears over financing other countries’ debts.

01.07.2019 - 06:59 [ Bloomberg ]

Weidmann Is Top Dog Again in ECB Race After Shifting Policy View

(Published: February 17, 2018, 12:00 AM EST | Updated: June 28, 2019, 7:00 AM EDT)

On the eve of a meeting of European Union leaders to discuss the bloc’s top policy positions, Bloomberg’s poll of economists shows the Bundesbank president edging out his French rival Francois Villeroy de Galhau. Finnish central-banking veteran Erkki Liikanen tied with Villeroy for second place. Current Finnish Governor Olli Rehn took fourth, overtaking France’s Benoit Coeure.

01.07.2019 - 06:53 [ euobserver.com ]

Macron: new ECB leader will not be picked at summit

French president Emmanuel Macron said arriving at the EU summit on Sunday that the decision on Mario Draghi’s successor at the helm of the European Central Bank will only be taken after the political posts such as the presidents of the EU commission and EU council.

30.06.2019 - 18:52 [ BBC ]

EU summit: Centre-left Timmermans tipped for top post

EU leaders will gather in Brussels shortly for talks to decide who should get the EU’s top jobs, including a new Commission president.

Reports say the current favourite to head it is Dutch centre-left politician Frans Timmermans. He is a Commission first vice-president.

08.06.2019 - 10:13 [ Matthias Monroy ‏/ Twitter ]

EU surveillance state: This week the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers debated increasing the surveillance in their Member States. US authorities could soon also wiretap legally in Europe. #5G #DataRetention #eEvidence #cloudACT

06.06.2019 - 19:52 [ Techdirt ]

AG William Barr Doesn’t Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It’s OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

Let me restate that: William Barr is opposed to certain, very narrow subsets of domestic surveillance. Specifically, Barr doesn’t think the government should have spied on Trump and his campaign staff, if that’s what actually happened, which Barr doesn’t actually seem to know.

But if you’re literally anyone else, domestic surveillance is just another name for national security, whether you’re a random Verizon customer or one of the world’s most useful websites.

The Wikimedia Foundation sued the federal government over domestic surveillance back in 2015. The suit lives on four years later …

06.06.2019 - 19:22 [ europa.eu ]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United States and for the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention on Cybercrime.

01.06.2019 - 12:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Why are Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel clashing over who should be the next European Commission president?

Each political group in the European parliament – the centre-left socialists, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), the liberals, greens etc, propose a lead candidate. In theory, the candidate from the group that comes top becomes the president.

But this system isn’t written into the treaties, and has only been used once in 2014 – it’s not clear whether it will survive. Member states don’t like it because it takes power away from them and gives it to the parliament, and they’re under no legal obligation to follow it.

30.05.2019 - 12:26 [ @DPWF0 / Twitter ]

This is highly potentially highly significant: Sanchez and Macron are trying to get a social democrat (Frans Timmermans) to block Weber’s bid for the Presidency of the European Commission. The UK media are (of course) largely ignoring this.

30.05.2019 - 12:10 [ Politico.eu ]

Portugal’s Costa says Weber should not be Commission chief

(28.05.2019)

The interview took place late Monday, just after Costa had a conference call with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the Netherlands‘ Mark Rutte and Belgium’s Charles Michel.

23.05.2019 - 07:02 [ BrexitCentral.com ]

The European Parliament is a democratic facade for a system dominated by unelected bureaucrats

In the speech I made on that occasion, I tried to point out that democracy was not achieved simply by holding elections; what mattered was what the elections were to, and for. Were we electing representatives to a body by which we agreed to be governed? Or were we simply providing a democratic facade for a political system dominated by unelected bureaucrats and central bankers, who exercised a power of government over us to which we had not consented?

23.11.2018 - 16:47 [ El Pais ]

Spain still ready to vote against Brexit unless it sees changes on Gibraltar

“Following my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain distant. My Government will always defend the interests of Spain. If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit,” he tweeted as he landed in Havana for a two-day visit to Cuba.