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Europol’s New Mandate

03 May 2017

On 1 May 2017, a new Europol regulation came into force which establishes Europol as the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, updating their capabilities to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime. 

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Musings in the Mediterranean – The Valletta Summit

07 Feb 2017

The Valletta Summit brought EU leaders together with the principle aim of discussing new measures to strengthen cooperation with Libya and to close the central Mediterranean migration route.

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Brexit, the Good Friday Agreement and the European Convention on Human Rights

09 Jan 2017


The centrality of the ECHR to the Good Friday Agreement requires future interactions between Dublin and Westminster to consider the UK Government’s intention to change the UK’s legal relationship with the Convention.

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Addressing imbalances created by digital technology a priority for EU regulators

03 Oct 2016

The conclusion recently reached by European Union (EU) Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Apple was the recipient of illegal state aid from the Irish government between 1991 and 2007 was not unexpected, but the scale of the order to repay €13bn in back taxes from 2003 and 2013 took many by surprise.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sets out his vision for the Europe

15 Sep 2016


In the run-up to the Bratislava Summit of the EU 27 on 16 September 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Address in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016 before members of the European Parliament, the College of Commissioners and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. 

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Update on Germany’s Asylum Policy February 2016

15 Feb 2016
This blog provides an overview of changes made to Germany’s Asylum Policy in early 2016.

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EU-Africa Valletta Summit on Migration

17 Nov 2015

The Valletta summit resulted in an Action Plan to address the challenges and opportunities that the migration crisis has presented for EU-Africa cooperation.


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Civilian Drone Regulation, Ready for Take-Off?

19 Dec 2014

The market for privately owned and operated drones is expanding. This blog examines the regulatory role the European Commission will play in integrating civilian drones into European airspace.

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IIEA Presidency Report – Italy, July-December 2014

11 Jul 2014

Prime Minister Renzi’s Government assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July 2014. It falls to the Italian Presidency to steer the union through the current period of uncertainty.

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Data protection reforms to be impacted by landmark European Court of Justice decisions

05 Jun 2014

Rulings by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the last two months in relation to two landmark cases could have a major bearing on the EU’s attempts to negotiate much-needed data protection reforms.


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IIEA Justice and Home Affairs Policy Brief: March 2014

28 Mar 2014

This policy brief provides concise analysis of the main EU policy developments in the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) area for February and March 2014.

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Uncertain waters ahead for Safe Harbour and transatlantic data flows

13 Feb 2014

Data privacy reforms within and between Europe and the U.S. are underway that could determine the digital future on both sides of the Atlantic.

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