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EU gives Poland a month to respond to justice system fears

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive body is warning Poland that it has a month to address long-standing concerns about laws that Brussels fears undermines the independence of Supreme Court judges or face possible legal action. The European Commission says Poland is violating EU law by allowing the country’s Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court to make decisions which have a direct impact on judges and the way they do their jobs. The commission says the independence and impartiality of the chamber are not guaranteed, and that this can have a “chilling effect” on judges. Brussels is threatening to take the case to Europe’s top court unless Poland fixes the problem in time.last_img

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2020’s top cyber threats in banking

first_imgCSI recently polled banking executives from around the country, representing 227 financial institutions from across the asset-size spectrum to uncover their top strategies for the coming year. The data from this survey was then collected and used to create an executive report to help bankers get a pulse on the industry’s hot topics and strategies.According to the survey, bankers seem ready for cyber threats, rating themselves 3.7/5 in cybersecurity readiness.While it’s encouraging that institutions feel so confident about their cybersecurity readiness, at the same time, it’s concerning. Experts warn that, as fast as institutions get a grip on the latest hacking techniques and install preventative measures, cyber criminals adjust and adapt.Assessing 2020’s Top Cybersecurity ThreatsThe 2020 Banking Priorities Survey delved deep into cybersecurity threats to gauge bankers’ understanding of this continuously evolving risk and asked what is the greatest cybersecurity threat to your bank in 2020? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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PKS, PAN, Dems oppose prioritizing lawmakers for COVID-19 tests

first_imgThe PKS is the first party to reject the plan since it was announced on Monday by House secretary-general Indra Iskandar. As many as 2,000 people are due to be tested on Thursday or Friday at the House’s housing complexes in Kalibata and Ulujami in Jakarta.The plan has also been widely criticized by the public as there are still many sick people across the country struggling to get tested. Thousands of people have signed online petitions on Change.org, calling for the plan to be canceled.”We recommend the House cancel a rapid test for lawmakers and their families this week. We are against the plan because there are many citizens and medical officials that have a more urgent need to be tested,” PKS spokesperson Pipin Sofian said in a written statement on Monday.Read also: West Java to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests at three soccer stadiums Three parties outside the government coalition, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democratic Party are opposing the plan for members of the House of Representatives and their families to be prioritized for COVID-19 tests.The three have demanded the House cancel the plan, saying that the free tests that are funded by donations from House leaders and members, should be given to citizens who cannot afford them and medical workers who are working every day in hospitals. “It is better to show our empathy toward them. Give priority to those in need,” Pipin added.Dems faction chairman at the House Edhie “Ibas” Baskoro Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that lawmakers should show empathy and humanity toward people infected with the coronavirus and who were struggling to be tested.”Put people first,” Ibas said in a written statement on Tuesday.PAN lawmaker Zainuddin Maliki voiced the same concern as Ibas, saying that amid this situation, all politicians must be wise in setting priorities, and lawmakers should not put themselves first.”I was surprised to hear of the plan. How come lawmakers and their families come first? When it is clear that many medical workers and people are vulnerable to being infected. They are more important,” Zainuddin said.Read also: With low test rates, COVID-19 spreads in shadowsHe said it would be best for the House to cancel the plan, saying there must be many lawmakers who also disagreed with it.”I’m sure they are feeling bad. This is the House secretariat policy, not ours,” he said, adding that the lawmakers should focus on handling the coronavirus outbreak.”If you want to do a test, please do it individually. Not collectively.”Topics :last_img read more

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