EU Update - March, 2021

As the year progresses, it is becoming clear that the areas of democratic law in neighbouring and some EU member states, the continuing struggle against COVID-19 and migrant rights require considerable sustained effort from the EU. This edition also covers advancements in the fields of climate law and trade, both aligned with global initiatives and developments in the respective fields

Our new Democracy, Governance and Fundamental Rights section covers increasing tensions between the European Commission and Eastern European member states on topics like gender equality and LGBTQI+ rights.

In Environment, read about the ongoing discussion around EU climate law, including pressure to get a draft of the legislation prepared in time for Joe Biden’s Leaders’ Climate Summit.

Updates in Finance, Trade and (Digital) Internal Market include further developments on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, changes in the energy sector and information on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the topic of Migration, we discuss the need for nations across the EU to ensure migrants have access to COVID-19 vaccines and the construction of additional refugee camps in the Greek islands.

Developments in Foreign Affairs and Security include responses to human rights issues in Turkey, the EU’s first sanctions against Chinese officials in almost a decade and a new approach to European cybersecurity