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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

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament – May 25, 2018

Summary The coming week will see the European Parliament hold a plenary setting in Strasbourg, France.  Besides important votes, debates and committee meetings, this week will see visits from two Presidents and a Prime Minister. The first session on Monday focuses on fisheries.  Members of European Parliament (“MEPs”) will debate the multi-annual plan for demersal … Continue Reading

The Commission’s Proposal on Health Technology Assessment – Will the EU Member States Accept its Mandatory Provisions?

Introduction Health technology assessment (“HTA”) is a multidisciplinary assessment process that seeks to evaluate the added therapeutic value of health technologies (i.e., drugs, certain medical devices, medical treatments including surgical procedures, and measures for disease prevention and diagnosis) based on both clinical and non-clinical elements.  Until now, HTA has strictly fallen in the purview of … Continue Reading

Encryption Policy Issues in the EU

In light of increasing discussion about the public policy implications of encryption, opinions among EU Member States on how best to tackle the issue are split.  Certain Member States, such as the UK, have repeatedly called for uninhibited access by national authorities to encrypted messages for national security purposes.  Others recognize the legitimate security interests … Continue Reading

EU Policy Update for Q1 2018 – Budgets and Upcoming EU Elections, Steel and Aluminum Tariffs, a “Digital Tax” proposal, and Brexit

Four major issues dominated the EU agenda in the first quarter of 2018: institutional adaptations in view of next year’s elections and appointments; a threat by the United States to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium; a proposal for a tax on technology companies; and the beginning of the second phase of the … Continue Reading