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09/06/2022 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

The so-called “Women on Boards” Directive aims to introduce transparent recruitment procedures in companies, so that at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts are occupied by the under-represented sex. Thanks to Parliament, companies must comply with this target by 30 June 2026, compared to the Council’s proposal of 31 December 2027. In cases where candidates are equally qualified for a post, priority should go to the candidate of the under-represented sex.

Vera Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Values and Transparency © EU
27/04/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.

Two women working in a laboratory © EU
27/04/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

27/04/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Transport and travel
27/04/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
A person holding a sign with the inscription: "Help Ukraine"
04/04/2022 - Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice © EU
30/03/2022 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.

30/03/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights
Roundtable with the Ukrainian Minister of Interior via vtc © EU
29/03/2022 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.

Commissioner Dalli at the press conference with Vice-President Jourová on combating violence against women and domestic violence © EU
08/03/2022 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

The new rules also strengthen victims' access to justice and encourage Member States to implement a one-stop shop mechanism, meaning that all support and protection services would be located in the same place. The victims should be able to claim compensation in the course of criminal proceedings.

02/02/2022 - Culture, education and youth / Justice and citizens’ rights
10/01/2022 - Justice and citizens’ rights
On Wednesday, Daria Navalnaya accepted the 2021 Sakharov Prize on behalf of her father Alexei Navalny © European Union 2021 - EP
17/12/2021 - Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

Alexei Navalny was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize, MEPs voted on laws shaping the digital world, and pushed for gender equality in the last plenary of 2021.

A microchip © EU
01/12/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

The European Commission has adopted several initiatives to digitalise EU justice systems, making them more accessible and effective. The overarching aim of the measures is to make digital communication channels the default channel in cross-border judicial cases, thus translating one of the priorities set out in last year's Communication on the Digitalisation of Justice into action.

Mobile phone and person holding smartwatch © EU
29/10/2021 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has taken action to improve the cybersecurity of wireless devices available on the European market. As mobile phones, smart watches, fitness trackers and wireless toys are more and more present in our everyday life, cyber threats pose a growing risk for every consumer.

Didier Reynders, Marjan Dikaučič © EU
07/10/2021 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

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