14 Jan: Serbia: Joint Statement by Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, UK, USA and the Delegation of EU on the Referendum

(Source: EEAS)

France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union welcome Serbia’s January 16 national referendum on constitutional changes as a key step to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and to enhance the transparency and effectiveness of the country’s rule of law institutions. We believe that these reforms are a step forward towards Serbia’s alignment with European standards and will support Serbia’s EU accession process.

We have encouraged all Serbian citizens to take part in the referendum and believe it important for eligible voters to be able to vote in elections and referenda. We …

03 Jun: EU and UK reach agreement in principle on fishing opportunities for the remainder of 2021

(Source: European Commission)

The EU and the United Kingdom concluded today the negotiations on an agreement in principle setting out catch limits for jointly managed fish stocks for 2021. This was finalised  in a phone call this afternoon between Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, and UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP.

Today’s agreement closes the first ever annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). The successful conclusion of the negotiations, which started in …

21 May: Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions

(Source: European Parliament)

UK data protection laws are similar to EU laws, but MEPs raise questions on enforcement and exemptionsExemptions for immigration and national security purposes need to be clarifiedOnward transfers of data to other countries and bulk access to data by law enforcement are also a concernNational authorities should suspend data transfers to the UK in the absence of guarantees

The European Commission should amend its draft decision on UK data protection to ensure EU standards for citizens’ privacy are respected.

In a resolution passed on Friday (344 votes in favour, 311 against and 28 abstaining), MEPs ask the …