Financial consumer protection and the European Social Model

  • 11 June 2019
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This article argues that the extension of the additional protection against unfair commercial practices - provided only to a strictly limited group of consumers in other areas of consumer protection - to all consumers in the field of financial consumer protection could potentially be justified. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of promoting financial literacy, which would require the development of up-to-date financial education and awareness programmes: through the use of its education and training policy instruments, the European Union could promote the availability of these programmes across all member states. Read more... (Daniel Szilágyi)

Government to nationalize research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  • 2 June 2019
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In what seems like the final resolution of the dispute between the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the government about the future of the Academy’s research network, the government has announced its plans to unilaterally move all the research units in question under a new public institution with a 13-member governing board comprised of six government and six academy delegates and a chairman appointed by the Prime Minister. Read more... (Daniel Szilágyi)

The right to education of vulnerable groups in the European system of human rights protection

  • 9 April 2019
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This blog post endeavors to briefly explore some specific approaches within the European system of human rights protection that aim to promote the access of the members of certain vulnerable groups to education and training. This human rights framework appears to react differently to specific forms of vulnerability: access to education as an important tool in countering social exclusion appears primarily in the context of people with disabilities and those belonging to national and ethnic minorities. With regard to other vulnerable groups, for instance, asylum seekers or socially vulnerable youth, legal guarantees in the field of education are significantly more scarce, and in the case of certain groups (such as irregular immigrants) they are completely absent. Read more… (Daniel Szilágyi)

Implications of a “no deal” Brexit for students at UK universities

  • 21 February 2019
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Following the “historic defeat” of PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal at the hands of the UK House of Commons, the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit seems higher than ever before, meaning a scenario in which the United Kingdom would leave the European Union immediately on 29 March 2019 with no agreements in place about what their relationship would be like in the future. Without further preparatory actions or commitments made by the UK government, a “no deal” Brexit would create immediate uncertainty for EU nationals in UK universities, prospective students and staff from across the EU, and for those participating in any of the Horizon 2020, Structural Funds or Erasmus+ programmes. Read more... (Daniel Szilágyi)

CETA’s mechanism for the settlement of disputes gets green light from Advocate General

  • 11 February 2019
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The dispute settlement mechanism between investors and states provided for by the free trade  agreement between the EU and Canada (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, CETA) is compatible with EU law, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concluded on Tuesday (29 January), dismissing previous concerns. The agreement does not adversely affect the autonomy of EU law and does not affect the principle that the ECJ has exclusive jurisdiction over the definitive interpretation of EU law. Read more... (Petra Ágnes Kanyuk)

Expressions about Public Persons: The Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights and the New Challenges of Social Media

  • 6 February 2019
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The Internet is the most important development in communication technology since the invention of the press, affecting the practice of freedom of speech and press and enabling more democratic opportunities for communication. Beside the multitude of advantages, this new technology brought along a swathe of new issues. One important question is: how can courts react to these changed circumstances in the course of human rights adjudication? Is it possible to apply the existing human rights measures or do the features of the new media require the development of new measures? Read more... (Éva Balogh)

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