About: Didier Reynders

European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 01-07-2020

Commission conducting ‘preparatory work’ should ECJ invalidate privacy shield 

The European Commission is preparing for the eventuality that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may invalidate the EU-US data transfer agreement, known as the Privacy Shield, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders has said.
Digital 11-05-2020

Commission study calls for ‘sanctions’ for online disinformation

A European Commission study on the effectiveness of the EU's code of practice against disinformation has criticised the self-regulatory nature of the framework, suggesting that "sanctions and redress mechanisms" should be put into place in order to ensure compliance with the rules.
Transport 04-05-2020

MEPs enticed by lure of airline vouchers over refunds

Members of the European Parliament are increasingly siding with the aviation industry's plans, already backed by most EU countries, to reimburse passengers with vouchers instead of cash refunds. Their support may force the Commission to change the rules, which it has so far resisted.
Coronavirus 28-04-2020

EU stands by its data privacy rules in response to COVID-19

Europe cannot win the fight against the coronavirus without digital technologies, the European Commission said in a video call with EU-27 health ministers on Monday (27 April). But this must not come at the expense of EU data protection rules, which must remain a "global gold standard". 
Digital 24-03-2020

Commission hits out at online COVID-19 scams

The European Commission has rebuked online platforms including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and eBay for the alleged "proliferation of deceptive marketing techniques" that exploit consumers' fear of Coronavirus for economic gain.

European Parliament calls on member states to act on Poland and Hungary

The EU must set out concrete demands and deadlines for Poland and Hungary over their rule of law and judicial independence situation, lawmakers in the European Parliament demanded in a Strasbourg debate on Article 7 on Wednesday (15 January). In...
Digital 03-10-2019

Digital Brief: Commissioners On Trial

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “Concerning technologies of the future, such as artificial intelligence or 5G for example, the European Union can establish...
Future EU 02-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Reynders/Dalli/Ferreira

On Wednesday (2 October), the European Parliament's committees will be holding hearings with Commissioner-designates Didier Reynders (Belgium, Justice), Helena Dalli (Malta, Equality) and Elisa Ferreira (Portugal, Cohesion and Reforms).

Reynders, Belgium’s pick for EU Commission, faces new graft accusation

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders faced new corruption allegations on Tuesday (1 October), days after a prosecutor dropped an inquiry into money-laundering allegations against him by the same man.
Politics 16-09-2019

Belgian Commissioner-pick faces corruption probe

The man Ursula von der Leyen chose to be her rule of law guard dog in the incoming European Commission is facing allegations of corruption and money-laundering, according to Belgian media. This could cast doubt on another member of her proposed college before all candidates are vetted by the European Parliament.
Digital 11-09-2019

Vestager the digital chief in name, but Goulard in practice

The EU's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager received broad support on Tuesday (10 September) following her nomination as the Commission's Executive Vice President for Digital.
Global Europe 25-06-2019

Council of Europe assembly authorises Russia’s return

The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly agreed Tuesday (25 June) to allow Russian representatives to return to the body, five years after it was stripped of its voting rights over the annexation of Crimea.
Elections 31-05-2019

Belgian king names pointmen to help forge new government

King Philippe of Belgium on Thursday (30 May) tasked two politicians with exploring ways that a new government can be formed following elections in which a far-right party scored a surprise second place.
Brexit 19-03-2019

Speaker deals blow to May’s bid for 3rd ‘meaningful vote’

British Prime Minister Theresa May's bid to get her EU divorce deal through parliament was hit Monday (18 March) with a bombshell announcement by the speaker, ruling MPs could not vote again on the same proposal they had already rejected.

Germany pronounces INF missile treaty dead

Germany said Friday that Russia had "de facto invalidated" a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race.
Elections 10-12-2018

Belgian PM relaunches government as minority after ally quits

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel relaunched his government on Sunday (9 December) as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit in a dispute over signing the UN migration compact.
Global Europe 16-02-2018

EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

The European Union told Turkey today (16 February) it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive.

Time for everyone to sign up for strong ocean governance

There is currently no legal mechanism for creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the high seas. A proposed agreement by the UN looks to rectify that, writes Sophie Mirgaux.
Trade & Society 26-10-2016

Belgians keep EU, Canada in suspense on CETA trade deal

Feuding Belgian politicians, keeping Canada and the European Union waiting, resume talks on Wednesday (26 October) with hopes fading that they will unblock the CETA free trade deal in time for a planned signing summit.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Belgian minister’s twitter feed hacked amid CETA tensions

The twitter account of Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders was hacked yesterday (18 October), his ministry said, just hours after EU ministers failed to agree on a trade deal with Canada due to opposition by Belgium.
Euro & Finance 17-10-2016

Belgian PM defends budget ahead of confidence vote

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Sunday (16 October) defended his budget and vision for the future after tensions within the fractious coalition government nearly sank his programme earlier in the week.
Future EU 27-06-2016

Diplomats mock the ‘founding countries’ ministerial gatherings

Diplomats outside the group of the six founding members of the Union who have had meetings to discuss the future of the EU spoke ironically about the initiative.

Erdogan: Turkey deported one of the Brussels attacks perpetrators as a foreign fighter

One of the Brussels attackers was caught in Turkey in June last year and deported to the Netherlands as a foreign fighter, but Belgium let him loose, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said yesterday (23 March).
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