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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.

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    Law Society of England and Wales publishes its paper on the future EU-UK partnership


    Law Society of England and Wales published its paper on the future EU-UK partnership and the legal services sector. The paper summarises the current state of affairs in the legal services sector and outlines the impact of no deal on lawyers, law firms and the justice system. It concludes that ...

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    Simon Davis is new President of the Law Society of England and Wales


    On 4 July, Simon Davis took over presidency of the Law Society of England and Wales. The Law Society’s office holder line up is completed by vice president David Greene and deputy vice president I. Stephanie Boyce.

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    Finland EU Presidency – What shall we expect?


    On 1 July 2019, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) officially passed from Romania to Finland. Finland will now lead discussions in the Council until 31 December 2019. As part of their ‘Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future’ programme, Finland aims to defend the rule of law ...

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    Some thoughts about Mediation from Northern Ireland, Europe and the Commonwealth


    Brian Speers, the new President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, discusses the importance of mediation in commonwealth and other jurisdictions.

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    Capital markets union: Council adopts new rules facilitating access to pension products and investment funds


    On 14 June, the Council adopted two key reforms in the framework of the Capital Markets Union (a regulation and a package of measures). The regulation provides greater choice for people who wish to save for their retirement and expanding the market for personal pensions. The package of measures aims ...

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    EU introduces transparency obligations for online platforms


    Online platforms are key enablers of digital trade. While offering great potential in terms of efficient access to (cross-border) markets, European businesses are currently unable to fully exploit the potential of the online platform economy due to a number of potentially harmful trading practices and a lack of effective redress ...

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    Law enforcement access to financial information: Council adopts new rules


    The EU is strengthening the capacity of law enforcement authorities to fight terrorism and serious crime by improving their access to financial information. The Council adopted a directive laying down rules to facilitate the use of financial and other information for the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of certain criminal ...

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    June case law digest


    This month’s CJEU cases include Facebook data protection,rules of equal treatment, non-discrimination and proportionality laid down in Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and many more.

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    Funding for migration, border and security policies: Council agrees its position


    As of June, the Council have reached a partial general approach on three sectoral home affairs proposals in the context of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period of 2021-2027. There is a increased in the scope of its support for measures in the fields of migration, border management ...

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    Council gives mandate to Commision to negotiate international agreements on e-evidence in criminal matters


    The Council adopted the negotiating mandates to the Commision to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations. The first instrument would be an agreement with the United States and the second one the Second Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe “Budapest” Convention ...

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    Council adopts a revision of the Brussels IIa recast Regulation


    On 25 June, the Council adopted a revision of the so-called Brussels IIa recast Regulation. The main objectives of the revision is to improve the current legal rules that protect children in cases of cross-border parental responsibility disputes, such as those related to custody, access rights and child abduction.

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    Council adopts decisions to sign trade and investment agreements with Vietnam


    On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions to sign two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA). Both agreements will be signed on 30 June in Hanoi.

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    Ministers adopt conclusions on data retention for the purpose of fighting crime


    On 27 May, the Council adopted its conclusions on retention of data for the purposes of fighting crime. 

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    Commission publishes its June infringement package


    On 6 June, the Commission published its June infringement package where it sets out which legal actions it is pursuing against member states which do not comply with their obligations under EU law.

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    New president takes up the reins at the Law Society of Scotland


    On 31 May, John Mulholland took over the presidency of the Law Society of Scotland from Alison Atack at today’s meeting of the Law Society’s decision-making Council, while Perth-based solicitor, Amanda Millar, became the new Vice President.

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    EU adopts new rules on Banking Union


    The Council adopted new rules to strengthen the banking union and reduce risks in the financial system following the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The rules include amendments to the capital requirement legislation ( regulation 575/2013 and directive 2013/36/EU ) which reinforce the capital and liquidity positions of banks, and strengthens ...

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    May case law digest


    This month’s CJEU cases include European Arrest Warrant, calculation of retirement pension, Google’s position in the online advertising industry and Facebook privacy case.

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    Council adopts rules on interoperability of EU information systems


    The EU Council has adopted two regulations in the areas of Justice and Home Affairs which establish a framework for interoperability among EU information systems. This framework will allow easier access to information sharing and will greatly improve security in the EU as well as allow for quicker and more ...