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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – December 7, 2018

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. This will be the final plenary session of the year. Several significant debates, votes and committee meetings will take place. On Tuesday, MEPs will debate the Future of Europe together with Cyprus’ President, Nicos Anastasiades, and European Commission President … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 23, 2018

Summary Next week will be a mini-plenary and a committee week in the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) will vote on its report on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on Transparency and Sustainability of the EU Risk Assessment in the Food Chain.  The … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 19, 2018

Summary This past week, the European Parliament held a plenary session in Strasbourg. On Tuesday, November 13, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) approved the report on the proposal for a Directive on the promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Resources prepared by the Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”).  The … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – November 9, 2018

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for the plenary session. Interesting votes, debates and committee debates will take place. On Monday, November 12, the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (“ECON”) will debate on a draft report supporting the Commission’s proposal on Sovereign Bond-Backed Securities (“SBBS”).  The proposal seeks … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 26, 2018

Summary This past week, the European Parliament held a plenary session in Strasbourg. On Tuesday, 23 October, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) approved the amendments on the proposal for a Directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption.  The amendments call for increasing consumers’ confidence in drinking water from the tap.  To … Continue Reading

The European Commission finds no illegal State aid was provided by Luxembourg’s non-taxation of McDonald’s

On 19 September 2018, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release declaring that Luxembourg did not provide illegal State aid to McDonald’s with regards to two tax rulings that resulted in double non-taxation of franchise profits in Luxembourg. The Commission’s three-year-long in-depth investigation established that Luxembourg had merely acted in compliance with its national … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – October 5, 2018

Summary This past week, the European Parliament held a plenary session in Strasbourg. On Wednesday October 3, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) approved the report prepared by the parliamentary Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) on the proposal for a Regulation on Health Technology Assessment (“HTA”). HTA is a multidisciplinary assessment … Continue Reading

UK Government Issues “No Deal” Brexit Notices for the Food & Beverage Sector

Over the past months, the Government has regularly  posted technical guidance notices on what it calls a “no deal” Brexit, i.e., a scenario in which the UK and the EU will not reach an agreement and the UK will become a third country on 29 March 2019.  The UK Government has now published four notices … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – September 28, 2018

Summary Next week Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for the plenary session, with interesting votes and debates ahead. On Wednesday, MEPs will vote on a report prepared by the Committee on Envrionment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) on a proposal for a Regulation on emission performance standards for new … Continue Reading

This Week in the European Parliament – September 14, 2018

Summary Next week will be a constituency week for Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”).  MEPs will go back to their home countries or convene in their parliamentary delegations to work on non-EU related matters. However, this past week, the European Parliament held its plenary session in Strasbourg, and voted on interesting reports. On Wednesday, … Continue Reading

IoT Update: The European Electronic Communications Code – Developing the Future of IoT in the EU

The European Commission estimates that the global market for the Internet of Things (“IoT”) will grow to 75.4 billion devices by 2023. It also estimates that the economic value of spectrum enabled services is at present worth €500 billion per year. This is expected to increase by 200% – up to €1 trillion a year … Continue Reading

The GDPR and Blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise many industries; it has been said that “blockchain will do to the financial system what the internet did to media”.  Its most famous use is its role as the architecture of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, however it has many other potential uses in the financial sector, for instance in … Continue Reading

Developments in modern slavery regulation: U.K., Hong Kong and Australia

The UK’s anti-slavery commissioner resigns On 17 May 2018, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE, announced his imminent resignation. While praising the Prime Minister’s leadership in the fight against modern slavery, he expressed concern about Home Office interference with the role, and the hope that any future Commissioner would be assured of independence. … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – July 6, 2018

Summary Next week is a committee week in the European Parliament.  It is also the last week of parliamentary activities before the summer break.  The Parliament will resume its activities on August 27, 2018. The Week Ahead in the European Parliament will therefore return on August 24, 2018. On Monday afternoon, the Committee on Environment, … Continue Reading

The June 28 European Council: Four Challenges to EU Solidarity

Transatlantic trade tensions, the Brexit negotiations, migration, and Eurozone reform will dominate the June 28 European Council. Each of these issues are potentially divisive, and the leaders know that a new dose of solidarity will be needed to address them properly. They also know that next year will see additional challenges to the cohesion and … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 15, 2018

Summary Next week is a Committee week in the European Parliament (“EP”).  The week will see many votes, debates and committee meetings. On Monday, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) from the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will hold a number of important votes.  Inter alia, the Committee will vote on the proposed … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 8, 2018

Summary Next week is plenary week in Strasbourg, France.  A number of important votes, committee meetings and debates will take place.  In addition, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit the Parliament on Wednesday to discuss the future of Europe with Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. During Monday’s plenary … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – June 1, 2018

Summary After this week’s plenary in Strasbourg, the upcoming week will see the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) gather in Brussels for a committee and political group week.  Next week also marks the 30th anniversary for the European Parliament’s annual Sakharov Prize, awarded to individuals or groups who have made an exceptional contribution to … Continue Reading
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