Brussels Agenda - July-August 2017

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Following the publication of the UK’s Bill on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and with the EU calling for clarity from the UK after the second round of negotiations, we invited Sajjad Karim MEP to share his thoughts on Brexit and devolution with us.

An article on the current state of play with Brexit negotiations is included to help clarify the UK’s withdrawal position in comparison to the EU.

We have a report on a seminar which took place at the European Parliament on acquired rights which also discusses the Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office position on acquired rights. 

The beginning of July saw that the Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement is very close to being agreed, as such we have an analysis of the agreement, including some aspects that still need to be resolved before the final deal is concluded. An article on the issue of transparency in free trade agreements in the EU has also been written by Giorgia Sangiuolo.

A suggested summer reading list has been provided which includes suggestions for podcasts, blogs, TV shows, and also suggested Twitter accounts to follow over the summer for our readership to enjoy.

Our usual updates on the EU policy developments, legislation and case law are included.In particular, this month’s case law corner includes a summary of the Opinion on the Canada-EU Passenger Name Records Agreement by the Court of Justice of the European Union and an Advocate General opinion on an exam transcript being personal data.Following the publication of the UK’s Bill on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 and with the EU calling for clarity from the UK after the second round of negotiations, we have an article by Sajjad Karim MEP on Brexit and devolution.

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