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The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – February 1, 2019

Next week, there will be committee and political group meetings in the European Parliament. Most Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will be preparing the plenary session that will be held from February 11 to 14, in Strasbourg.  However, interesting debates and hearings will take place. On Monday, February 4, the Committee on Civil Liberties, … Continue Reading

UK Consumer Protection Regulator (“CMA”) Extracts Undertakings from Social Media Influencers to Increase Transparency in Sponsored Posts

On January 23, 2019, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it had secured undertakings from 16 social media influencers, including well-known names such as Ellie Goulding, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rita Ora, that commit each influencer to increased transparency when they promote or endorse brands or services on social media on behalf of … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 25, 2019

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament.  There will also be a mini plenary session. Interesting votes and debates are expected to take place. On Tuesday, January 29, Mr. George Ciamba, Romania’s Minister-delegate for European Affairs will introduce to the Members of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) the priorities … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 18, 2019

Summary Next week will be a committee week in the European Parliament. Interesting votes are expected to take place. On Tuesday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (“ENVI”) is expected (subject to confirmation) to vote on the compromise agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council of the EU on December 19, … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – January 11, 2019

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, January 14, MEPs will debate the non-legally binding Report on the Union’s authorization procedure for pesticides prepared by the Special Committee on the Union’s authorization procedure for … Continue Reading

“Four-to-three” mergers no longer taboo? The Commission unconditionally approves the acquisition of Tele2 NL by T-Mobile NL

In November 2018, following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the European Commission (“Commission”) unconditionally approved the acquisition of Tele2 NL by T-Mobile NL, respectively the fourth and third largest players in the Dutch retail mobile telecoms market. The merged entity remains the third largest player in this market after KPN and VodafoneZiggo. This transaction is the first “four-to-three” … Continue Reading

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
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