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The Conference on the Future of Europe publishes a report for the EU – JURIST

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The European Parliament published on Monday a report of a year-long conference between EU citizens detailing 49 proposed changes to the EU. The report calls for greater EU leadership on the world stage and even recommends removing from EU decisions the unanimity principle, which requires the approval of all EU member states to advance certain actions. The report represents the conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe. works. The conference was a joint initiative of the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission to incorporate input from citizens of the 27 EU nations. The conference used a multilingual digital platform to collect citizen input, allowing citizens to contribute ideas in 24 different languages ​​through an online submission forum. The Conference also featured a series of European Citizens’ Panels made up of 800 randomly selected EU citizen representatives. EU member states were also encouraged to build national citizen panels to collect input from individual nations on the conference debates. As a result of its work, the Conference presented the EU with 49 proposals including more than 320 measures for the EU institutions to implement. These measures covered nine themes, including climate change and the environment, European democracy and health. The report recommends that the EU act to achieve green and digital transitions, strengthen Europe’s resilience and social contract, address inequalities and ensure that the EU is fair, sustainable, innovative and competitive both socially and economically. Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the report recommends that the EU be more assertive and take a leading role in global politics to promote EU values ​​and standards. The report also calls for the elimination of the unanimity principle, which requires all EU member states to approve decisions on foreign and security matters, taxes, finances and some justice and interior matters. The report says: “[w]We citizens want a Europe in which decisions are made transparently and quickly, where the principle of unanimity is reconsidered and in which citizens participate regularly and seriously”. the principle of unanimity. Members of the European Parliament declared that such a change would require a change in the EU Treaty, which in turn would require a unanimous vote. Since then, the parliament has detailed its actions and ongoing work regarding each of the nine conference themes. Now that the EU institutions have the report, the process of implementing the 49 proposals begins. A feedback event to update citizens on the EU’s institutional progress is scheduled for autumn 2022.

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Indian court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet – JURIST

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The Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ordered journalist and Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair to be held in police custody for four days. Zubair was arrested on Monday for the offenses of hurting religious sentiments and inciting enmity under Sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code. In 2018, Zubair posted a tweet showing a hotel whose name he changed from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel”. Hanuman is a Hindu god. Delhi police arrested him based on a complaint about that tweet, which alleged that Zubair tweeted a “questionable image for the purpose of deliberately insulting the god of a particular religion.” accused for posting the tweet in question will be retrieved at the behest of the accused Mohammed Zubair from his residence in Bangalore, that the accused has not cooperated and (with) the disclosure statement recorded, four days PC (police custody) preventive detention of the accused will be concedes as the accused will be taken to Bangalore. Zubair’s arrest has been condemned by international organizations and national news organizations, including United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, Amnesty International, the Press Club of India and other media outlets.

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US Supreme Court Grants Review of Federal Bankruptcy Case – JURIST

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear MOAC Mall Holdings v. Transform Holdco, a case examining appellate court jurisdiction over sales orders in federal bankruptcy proceedings. The case revolves around the sale and transfer of a lease for a store in a shopping center. In 1991, Sears obtained a lease for a store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lease only cost Sears $10 a year and was supposed to last 100 years. Sears, however, went bankrupt in 2018. As part of federal bankruptcy proceedings, Sears sold its assets and the Mall of America lease was transferred to Transform Holdco LLC, a corporation formed by Sears’ new owners. Mall of America sought to prevent the transfer because they claim that Transform Holdco LLC does not intend to occupy the leased facilities but to sublet them to other companies. Transform Holdco LLC argues that the long-term lease constitutes a substantial portion of the value Sears was sold for in the bankruptcy proceeding. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit transferred the lease as it was deemed “integral” to a court-approved bankruptcy sale. Mall of America filed a petition with the US Supreme Court, arguing that a remedy is available that would not affect the validity of the sale. Therefore, according to Mall of America, the appellate court should be allowed to intervene. Transform Holdco LLC responds that no such remedy exists, and that the Second Circuit’s ruling should stand. The US Supreme Court must now determine whether federal bankruptcy law limits appeals on sales orders deemed “comprehensive,” even when a remedy is available that will not affect the validity of the sale. The court is set to hear oral arguments in the case next term.

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US appeals court to rehear challenge to Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine executive order – JURIST

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order on Monday stating that the court will rehear Feds for Medical Freedom v. Biden, a challenge to President Joe Biden’s 2019 executive order that required federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination. In late May and early June, America First Legal Foundation, America’s Frontline Doctors, Airline Employees For Freedom Health, and an additional group of vaccine plaintiffs filed four amicus briefs in favor of a new full hearing. The plaintiffs in Rodden v. Fauci also filed a class action lawsuit made up of federal employees who contracted COVID-19, developed COVID-19 antibodies, “but remain subject to the federal employee vaccination mandate.” The Rodden plaintiffs argue that Biden and the “agencies he directs have no power to direct the personal medical decisions of federal employees,” and therefore this executive order is like an illegal government mandate. In addition, the group asserts that the panel’s refusal to review executive employment decisions is unlawful and thus protects “the exercise of unlawful governmental power.” In January 2022, a Texas judge blocked Biden’s executive order. Other state judges have also blocked enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In December 2021, a Georgia judge blocked the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for government contractors after the Texas Governor ordered a statewide ban on all COVID-19 vaccination mandates in October 2021 .

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