Attorney-at-law Nathan Hochman, the International law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP:
It would be a dangerous precedent the US government to interfere in a legitimate prosecution held by an EU Member State and of NATO
Luba Budakova, Natalia Radoslavova
The Global Magnitsky Act is an extension of the original Magnitsky Act which was enacted in 2012, targeting at that time Russian individuals with different types of sanctions – economic and visa sanctions. The idea behind the Global Magnitsky Act is to take the principles from the original Magnitsky Act which is go after individuals involved in significant human rights violation and significant corruption schemes and apply economic and visa sanctions against them through a decision of the State Department, in order to help send a message in a more global fashion, not just limited to Russia.
It is not the way we have to work, if some Member States have to absorb all the refugees, while others resist participating in the scheme
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Not at all, the court had to do this. There are so many cases in Poland, as well as in Hungary, where the European Union has to take action because if the EU doesn’t act, and of course it is good that the court is on the side of the EU, we are undermining our system.
It would hit both sides and maybe the UK would be hit worse, but also nobody in Germany would see this as an excuse for German job losses
Maria Koleva, Brussels
I don’t think they are, because we’ve seen some progress already earlier this summer with regards to the citizens issue and I think also over the summer we have seen some progress, and that is because the UK government has clarified its position on a number of issues. Many people would say this does not mean that there is progress, because it’s only the UK government that is proposing something that the EU wouldn’t necessarily agree with.