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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 17, 2017

Summary This past week was a plenary week in the European Parliament, during which many significant initiatives were adopted by the Parliament. Last Tuesday, MEPs approved new EU-wide rules for shopping online, in an attempt to protect consumers against fraud and to stop rogue traders in a more efficient manner. Through the revised Consumer Protection … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 27, 2017

Summary Next week is a constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”). MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues, or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. This past week was however important, as many significant initiatives were adopted by the … Continue Reading

Brexit Negotiations in October: Softened Stances, but no “Sufficient Progress”

The third round of the Brexit negotiations, at the end of August, was not very productive. This was despite the British side’s publication of an impressive number of position papers over the course of the summer. These covered various technical questions but also the sensitive issue of the participation in the customs union and how … Continue Reading

Brexit: limiting the damage

It is one of the ironies of history that the EU as it is today, starting with the single market, was largely made in Britain, the achievement, above all, of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and her right-hand man in Brussels, the then Commissioner (Lord) Arthur Cockfield. The single market has long been viewed by … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 20, 2017

Summary Strasbourg will be vibrant next week because the European Parliament will hold its plenary sitting. Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) are not expected to vote on many items, however a number of interesting debates will take place. On Monday, MEPs will discuss the upcoming report of the Committee on the Internal Market and … Continue Reading

Exchanging Commercial Information–A Risky Business

This case provides a stark lesson in competition compliance training: the infringement decision of the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) was upheld against a company that, while it refused to join a cartel, still exchanged strategic commercial information with its competitors (while being recorded by the CMA…)  The circumstances represent a timely reminder of the … Continue Reading

The German Competition Register – a new animal in the jungle of EU Member States’ competition laws

On 29 July 2017, the new German Competition Registry Act (Wettbewerbsregistergesetz – WRegG) became effective. Organisations offering public tenders worth EUR 30,000 or more will have to check the register to verify whether participating undertakings are excluded from public procurement because of past offences. The new register will be hosted by the Federal Cartel Office … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 13, 2017

Summary Next week will be a mixed political group and committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will hold meetings with their respective political parties to prepare the plenary session, to be held from October 23 to 26, in Strasbourg.  A few committee meetings will also take place, focused on … Continue Reading

UK government: stronger steer on content of Modern Slavery Act statements

The U.K. government has provided updated and firmer guidance on the section 54 Modern Slavery Act transparency in supply chain reporting requirement (about which see more here). Organisations are now expected to publish transparency statements ‘at most’ six months after the organisation’s financial year end. Businesses are also encouraged to leave statements from previous years … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 6, 2017

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  A few interesting votes and discussions will take place in committee. On Tuesday, the Committee on Legal Affairs (“JURI”) will vote on proposed amendments to the draft Regulation on copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organizations and retransmissions … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 29, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Monday, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) will vote on a report on the European Electronic Communications Code (the telecoms reform). The reform package aims to … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 15, 2017

Summary Next week is constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”).  MEPs will go back to their home countries to handle national issues, or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on matters related to non-EU Member States. However, this week was a plenary in the European Parliament.  A number of interesting votes … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and International Policy Developments The usual quiet of Brussels’ August recess was disturbed by the arrival, in the middle of the month, of a flurry of position papers from the British government. The two most important of these dealt with the EU’s customs union and the border between Northern Ireland and the republic of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 8, 2017

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will debate a report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”), authored by Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, PT) on the proposal for a regulation on … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

The annual G 20 summit took place on July 7 and 8 under the presidency of Angela Merkel in the city of Hamburg, which had been put under siege by violent anti-globalization demonstrations. Tensions on trade issues and the rejection of the Paris agreement on climate change by the U.S. President, Donald Trump, made it … Continue Reading

What is a Robot under EU Law?

EU institutions are increasingly focusing on the legal challenges posed by the robotics and artificial intelligence sector. On May 16, 2017, the European Commission published a paper announcing a series of regulatory and policy initiatives in response to the European Parliament’s resolution on European civil law rules on robotics of February 2017.   These initiatives may … Continue Reading

U.K. Government takes further steps towards increased regulation of human rights for business

We recently reported on the global trend towards improved business “non-financial reporting” of human rights and environmental practices.   The latest U.K. developments in this area are the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill 2017 (the “Bill“) and a report on labour market enforcement strategy published by David Metcalf, the U.K. Labour Market Enforcement Director, … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update

Brexit and Elections in the UK and France The legislative elections in the UK on June 8 resulted in what few observers expected: Theresa May, who was hoping to increase her majority in the house of Commons, instead lost it.  In order to ensure a majority for the confidence vote in her new minority government, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 30, 2017

Summary Next week Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for the last plenary sitting before the Summer break. Interesting votes and debates will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will vote on the own-initiative report voted in the Parliament’s Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”) on European Standards.  The … Continue Reading
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