• Romania warned on rule of law

      Romania warned on rule of law

      Romania got last Monday yet another warning on rule of law and inched further towards an EU sanctions procedure, news wires reported. According to the Commission, law and order in the country is being dismantled in the interest of its ruling elite.

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    • Cultural heritage, smart agriculture go digital

      Cultural heritage, smart agriculture go digital

      Cultural heritage, smart agriculture, and gender equality were the three important key areas on which ministers and representatives of the EU, participating in the EU Digital Day 2019, confirmed full commitment to work more closely. The biggest event in Europe in the digital economy and society, which aims to take digital cooperation forward, got together in Brussels on 9 April representatives from Member States and EU institutions with over 550 people from industry, academia and civil society.

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    • EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

      EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

      As artificial intelligence (AI) begins to play a greater role in our everyday lives, the EU has published its very first set of guidelines for the ethical development of AI. These rules aren’t like Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics.” They don’t offer a snappy, moral framework that will help us control murderous robots. Instead, they address the murky and diffuse problems that will affect society as we integrate AI into sectors like health care, education, and consumer technology.

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    • EU targets Poland, Romania with defense of judicial independence

      EU targets Poland, Romania with defense of judicial independence

      The European Commission stepped up its defense of judicial independence and rule of law across the EU on 3 April, announcing new legal measures against Poland and cautioning Romania not to pardon corrupt politicians. The Commission is struggling to respond to what many in western Europe see as creeping authoritarianism in the eastern wing of the bloc, especially Poland, Hungary and Romania. The Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said more needed to be done to strengthen the rule of law in the EU.

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    • Bulgarian honey recognised as protected designation of origin

      Bulgarian honey recognised as protected designation of origin

      Bulgarian honey “Strandzhanski manov med” was recognised as protected designation of origin (PDO) in the European Union. At a ceremony today in Brussels, Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel handed over the official certificate of registration of the Bulgarian honey to Manol Todorov, Chairman of the “Strandjanski manov honey”.

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    • EU gives India, Turkey to WTO

      EU gives India, Turkey to WTO

      The EU brought last Tuesday two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals, the EU press service reported. In both cases, there are significant economic interests and important legal principles at stake for the EU, with the total value of affected European exports estimated at about €1bn a year.

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