THE EUROPEAN Union (EU) Council of Ministers has reached political agreement over the passing of a new legal aid directive, which would ease access to legal aid for litigants in cross-border civil and commercial disputes.

Once it becomes law, Member States will be bound to provide legal aid to citizens who cannot afford legal advice for such cases held within the EU, unless they deem that actions are "manifestly unfounded."

The EU justice and home affairs council has charged its officials to deal with certain technical issues, ...

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