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EU Council adopts new rules to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation

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The FINANCIAL — The Council of Europe adopted two recast regulations, one on the taking of evidence and a second on the service of documents, to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation. After reaching a political agreement with the European Parliament in June 2020, the text will now be submitted to the Parliament for its final adoption. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for a modern and digital justice system. The regulations adopted today will allow for faster, more efficient cooperation between judicial authorities, making it easier for citizens and businesses to exercise their right to justice. Christine…

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EU Council adopts new rules to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation

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The FINANCIAL — The Council of Europe adopted two recast regulations, one on the taking of evidence and a second on the service of documents, to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation. After reaching a political agreement with the European Parliament in June 2020, the text will now be submitted to the Parliament for…

Council of Europe: statement of the international observers on Georgian elections

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The FINANCIAL — Fundamental freedoms respected in competitive Georgian elections, but allegations of pressure and blurring of line between party and state reduced confidence, international observers say.  Georgia’s parliamentary elections were competitive and, overall, fundamental freedoms were respected. Nevertheless, pervasive allegations of pressure on voters and blurring of the line between the ruling party and…

Council of the EU says Belarusian presidential elections were neither free nor fair

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The FINANCIAL — On 12 October, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions on the EU’s response to the recent developments in Belarus. The Council said that “the 9 August presidential elections were neither free nor fair” and that “Aleksandr Lukashenko lacks any democratic legitimacy.” It reiterated its full support for Belarus’s sovereignty and independence, underlining…

Council of Europe urges Russia to pay €10 mln fine to Georgia

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The FINANCIAL — European Court of Human Rights ruled in January 2019 that Russia must pay EUR 10,000,000 for non-pecuniary damage to the victims (a group of at least 1,500 Georgian nationals) within eighteen months (or any other time-limit considered appropriate by the Committee of Ministers). The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has…