All EU law and policy articles – Page 2

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    Case law digest - December 2021


    In December’s case law digest we cover several rulings from the Court of Justice of the European Union, covering such diverse topics as the requirement for adequate interpretation in criminal proceedings, the criminalisation of those assisting asylum seekers, and the obligation of Member States to issue an ID card or ...

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    Overview of the Equinox report on structural racism in law enforcement in the EU


    The way in which law enforcement is conducted has come under scrutiny recently. Especially with international civil rights movements such as Black Lives Matter highlighting the need to address and uphold the fundamental rights of all people when interacting with law enforcement. This article focuses on The Equinox Initiative for ...

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    Poland and the European Union – judicial independence and primacy of EU law


    The recent daily fine imposed on Poland by the Court of Justice of the European Union is but another example of actions taken in the debate on Poland’s recently introduced judicial reforms: the disciplinary chamber falling in the centre of this discussion. This article reviews the background on both sides ...

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    What the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) are doing in relation to fundamental rights


    Karine Metayer, Head of Communications for the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), provides insight into recent CCBE activities, relating to fundamental rights. The respect of fundamental rights is among the core missions of the CCBE, with lawyers seen as the defenders of fundamental rights. Additionally, the ...

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    Potential reforms in the EU to address growing e-waste


    As that smart doorbell you ordered for next day delivery the night before arrives, an equivalent pile of e-waste grows on a landfill site, leaving behind a trail of pollutants harmful to the environment and to humans. This article examines the problems associated with the fastest growing waste stream in ...

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    Pandora Papers and the reaction of the European Union


    An article commenting on the reaction of EU institutions to the Pandora Papers. Particular focus is paid to the response of the European Parliament with a summary provided of key discussion points raised in their parliamentary debate of the topic on Wednesday 6 October 2021. 

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    European Commission publishes ‘Fit for 55’ package to meet climate ambitions


    The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals aimed at reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The proposals, which were published on 14th July 2021, seek to make the European Green Deal a reality by ensuring a ‘concrete roadmap’ for ...

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    Commission publishes the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard


    On 8 July, the Commission published its 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard which is an annual overview of the functioning of the justice systems in all EU Member States. To this end, the scoreboard focuses on three areas:

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    Commission publishes updated reform recommendations for regulation in professional services of 2017


    On 9 July, the European Commission published its updated recommendations for reform of regulation of seven professional business services (including lawyers). The recommendations build on their previous version, published in 2017, and summarise progress made by member states in creating a more business and innovation friendly regulatory environment. The objective ...

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    Digitalisation of justice and legal services – overview of recent CCBE activities


    Martin Sacleux, legal adviser with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), shares the insights on the key challenges and issues related to digitalisation of justice and legal services that are discussed among European Bars and Law Societies.

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    Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP): are we seeing their end in the European Union?


    After the case of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese investigative journalist that was murdered in a car bomb, some European parliamentarians have been calling on the EU Commission to promote an anti-SLAPP EU directive which would give investigative journalists and media groups the power to request to rapidly dismiss “vexatious ...

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    Case law digest April-May 2021


    This month’s case law digest contains a number of important constitutional cases on judicial independence and the duty of national courts to request CJEU rulings. It also has updates on the European arrest warrant; Member States’ obligations to recognise the children of married same-sex couples; commercial parasitism towards products with ...

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    New lobbying transparency rules in Brussels


    On 20 May 2021, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission signed the new inter-institutional agreement (IIA) on a mandatory transparency register. The agreement comes after several years of negotiations following the proposal from the Commission dating back to September 2016 and which ended ...

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    Spotlight on the CCBE activities in the area of Criminal Law


    The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), represents the bars and law societies of 45 countries, and through them more than 1 million European lawyers. Criminal law is one of the areas in which the CCBE is particularly active through its Criminal Law Committee which has been ...

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    LGBTI+ rights in the EU


    On 22 March 2021, the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs organised a workshop for the Parliament’s Petitions Committee on the subject of LGBTI+ rights in the EU. The workshop centred on a presentation by Alina Tryfonidou, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, and ...

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    Council of the European Union seeks greater corporate transparency for large multinationals


    The Council of the European Union’s Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Governments of Member States (COREPER) has begun a new push for greater corporate transparency for large multinational businesses. On 3 March 2021, COREPER mandated the Council’s Portuguese Presidency to commence negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposed ...

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    New EU-UK Relationship – rights of audience in front of courts at EU level


    This analysis article examines the rights of audience held by UK-qualified solicitors enabling representation before the European Union level Courts. The article looks at the role of the European Union level Courts in determining pending cases concerning the UK in addition to looking ahead at the potential cases concerning infringements ...

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    EU member states agree on their text of the ePrivacy Regulation


    After four years of negotiations, the EU member state ministers agreed on their version of the text of the proposals for the ePrivacy Regulation. Proposed by the Commission in 2017, the draft regulation has been subject to long and difficult negotiations.

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    Intellectual Property and the TCA


    Michael Hawkins, member of Law Society of England and Wales’ IP Committee, discusses the provisions on intellectual property in the EU-UK TCA.

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    Parliamentary scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement: committee discussions heading towards ratification


    On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU reached an agreement on the Trade and Co-Operation Agreement (TCA) setting out their future relationship. This has now been provisionally applied by both parties from 1 January 2021. The provisional application is scheduled to remain in effect until 28 February 2021 or ...