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    David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament


    David Sassoli was elected as the new President of the European Parliament on 3 July 2019 with 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. Sassoli will now lead Parliament until January 2020.

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    Unified approach to cross border AML supervision


    The Law Society of Scotland and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) are working together to make sure there is a united approach to anti-money laundering (AML) supervision across Scotland, England and Wales.

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    Law Society of Scotland responds to Government’s Online Harms White Paper


    The Consumer, Mental Health and Disability and Privacy Law sub-committees and the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland responded to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper which sets out the government’s plans for “a world-leading package of measures to keep UK users safe online”.

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    2020 EU budget: Council agrees its position


    On 10 July 2019 the EU ambassadors agreed the Council’s position on the 2020 EU draft budget. The Council’s position for next year’s budget amounts to €153.1 billion in payments and €166.8 billion in commitments.

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    EU Court of Justice: three judges appointed


    On 10 July 2019 governmental representatives of the Member States appointed three judges to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU consists of two courts, the Court of Justice and the General Court.

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    AI and lawyer’s ethics by Jonathan Goldsmith


    Jonathan Goldsmith provides an insight into the European Commission’s ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence and highlights the key requirements identified and how these are applicable to lawyers.

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    Scotland - Focus on the Vulnerable Accused Person


    In April 2019, the Law Society of Scotland’s Criminal Law Committee published a Report on the vulnerable accused person and identified five practical steps to ensure that the human rights of vulnerable people accused of criminal offences are respected.

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    Summer case law digest


    In the current case law digest we are featuring the latest CJEU (including the ones from July), in particular Fashion ID case on social media plugins, Commission v Belgium on high-speed electronic communications network and Ordre des avocats du barreau de Dinant v JN. The CJEU is currently on recess ...

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    Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President


    The European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission on 16 July 2019 with 383 votes in her favour. Official letters are due to be issued from the Commission President-elect to the heads of state or governments of each Member State, inviting ...

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    2019 EU budget: Council adopts contingency measures for a no-deal Brexit


    On 9 July 2019 the Council adopted contingency measures on the implementation and financing of the 2019 EU budget in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The aim of such measures is to mitigate the impact of a no-deal scenario for funding in a wide range of areas.