About: justice and home affairs

Economy & Jobs 11-02-2019

Why do foreign investors leave Bulgaria as if it were the Titanic?

Despite being one of the most beautiful countries in the European Union, despite having talented and educated people, despite a favourable tax environment, Bulgaria is likely to stay as the poorest in the EU, and to continue losing its population, writes Blaga Thavard.
Enlargement 22-06-2018

Netherlands to veto the opening of accession negotiations with Albania

The Dutch parliament blocked on Thursday (21 June) the opening of EU accession negotiations with Albania. The EU summit will decide on 28-29 June whether to open negotiations with Macedonia and Albania.

Criticism as Kosovo justice mission EULEX closes judicial operations

As an EU judicial mission prepares to leave Kosovo, the assessments of its decade-long mandate are mixed -- hailed by officials but criticised by the public.
Enlargement 28-05-2018

Thousands call for Albanian interior minister’s resignation

Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters rallied in the capital Tirana on Saturday calling for the resignation of interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj, whose brother has been convicted of drug trafficking.
Freedom of thought 24-07-2017

Candlelight protest against changes to Poland’s judiciary

Thousands of demonstrators bearing candles marched on the Polish Supreme Court on Sunday (23 July) in protest against controversial proposed judicial reforms.
Enlargement 07-10-2016

Low income Serbians set to benefit from free legal aid in 2018

Serbia has been struggling for six years to put in place a law on free legal aid, which is one of the requirements for progress in its EU accession negotiations. The law will be adopted by the end 2016, and implemented in 2018, the justice ministry told EURACTIV Serbia.
Enlargement 19-07-2016

EU gives Albania ultimatum over judicial reform

Albania must pass anti-corruption reforms of its judiciary on Thursday (21 July) or sacrifice its hopes of starting negotiations to join the EU, MEPs warned today (19 July).
Central Europe 13-07-2016

Romania’s judicial reforms: A case study for future member states

Nine years after joining the EU, Romania is continuing its fight against corruption, as well as tackling the challenge of recovering the proceeds of crime. Experts say that its judicial reform experience could serve as an example to future EU member states. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ in Serbia team up to free iconic defendants

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ have freed the protagonists of a major cigarette trafficking affair, in a judicial case illustrating the myriad failings of Serbian law enforcement. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Leaked Skopje letter exposes ‘closed borders’ coalition

EXCLUSIVE / A list of requests to protect external borders recently sent to several member states by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has exposed the weaknesses of the group of countries blocking an EU-wide solution of the refugee crisis.
Europe's East 04-03-2016

Revamped traffic police rebrands Ukrainian law enforcement

First deputy minister for internal affairs Ekaterina Zguladze-Glucksmann provided a rare insight into the kind of reforms in Ukraine performed by foreign experts, such as herself. EURACTIV reports from Kyiv.
Central Europe 16-02-2016

Juncker: Romania could see its monitoring lifted before Bulgaria

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday (15 February) that the Commission’s monitoring of the country’s efforts to improve its law-enforcement systems and to combat corruption could be lifted before it does so with Bulgaria.
Central Europe 12-02-2016

Romanian PM dismisses tax chiefs over EU funds fraud inquiry

Romania's prime minister sacked the head of the tax authority and his deputy on Thursday (11 September), a day after anti-corruption prosecutors said they were being investigated as part of a probe into the misappropriation of European funds.
Central Europe 08-02-2016

Romanian ‘VIP prisoners’ to lose book deals

Exasperated by the flood of so-called scientific works from Romanian prisons, on 3 February, the government suspended a controversial law that allowed reduced sentences in exchange for publishing “works with scientific value”.

Bulgaria and Romania twenty years later

Twenty years after Bulgaria and Romania applied for membership in 1995, and almost a decade after their 2007 accession, their people still feel like second class EU citizens, writes Sir Michael Leigh.

Paris attacks influence Danes against joining EU’s justice rules

One in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the 13 November Paris attacks, a poll published yesterday (26 November) showed.
Central Europe 11-06-2015

Why the West wants Romania to be less corrupt

Some members of the Bucharest elite had overt connections with the Kremlin. For the US and the EU, a stable Romania immune to Russian political influence is a priority, writes Stratfor.
Languages & Culture 03-06-2015

EPP leader: UK could lose its veto right in EU

Britain could lose its prized EU veto on some subjects if it opts out from the commitment to "ever closer union" in the bloc's treaties under David Cameron's reform plans, a senior German MEP said.

Lords slams UK’s ‘splendid isolation’ on EU justice opt-out

The House of Lords has called on the British government to abandon its “legally unsustainable” interpretation of EU justice and home affairs law, and drop its unnecessarily confrontational strategy.
Central Europe 27-11-2014

High profile Romanian arrest bodes well ahead of monitoring report

The high-profile arrest at the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism is expected to influence an upcoming monitoring report, which may open the doors to Romania’s Schengen accession. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Global Europe 26-06-2014

France campaigns for EU border guards

France wants to increase funding for Frontex, Europe’s border control agency, and ensure border guards. It will raise the issue in the European Council on Friday 27 June. EURACTIV France reports.
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Commission urges EU countries to fight rise of extremism

The European Commission called on member states to bump up their efforts to prevent radicalisation and extremism. In the coming years, a €20 million programme will seek to tackle extremism, especially with those young people who leave EU countries to fight in Syria or other conflict zones.

Brussels acts to stem flow of EU’s radicalised ‘foreign fighters’

The European Commission called on member states yesterday (15 January) to bump up their efforts to prevent radicalisation and extremism. In the coming years, a €20 million programme will seek to tackle extremism, especially with those young people who leave EU countries to fight in Syria or other conflict zones.

The case of Judge Todorova, or what is wrong with justice in Bulgaria

Judges in Bulgaria are sanctioned not when they commit a violation, but when they disobey, writes Ivanka Ivanova.

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