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    From conflict to consensus: the combative journey of the EU budget

    2020-12-16T14:56:00Z

    As many readers may recall, the EU budget for the period 2021 – 2027 was provisionally agreed between the 27 EU leaders at the European Council summit held on 21 July 2020.

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    EU reaches agreement on the mandatory Transparency Register

    2020-12-16T11:12:00Z

    On 15 December, the Council, Commisssion and Parliament reached a final political agreement on the mandatory Transparency Register. During the press conference, the representatives of the three institutions, Katarina Barley, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Danuta Huebner, Michael Roth, German Presidency and Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission in ...

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    Commission announces Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

    2020-12-15T16:20:00Z

    Source: EC - Audiovisual Service (c) European Union, 2020 Read-out of the weekly meeting of the von der Leyen Commission by Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, and Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act On ...

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    UK-EU FTA Negotiations: talks continue but progress is limited

    2020-12-15T10:41:00Z

    Despite initial timeframes earmarking October as the latest date by which a deal could be agreed, UK-EU negotiations are continuing with Christmas now almost upon us. The latest ‘deadline’ was Sunday 13 December, but both sides have agreed to continue talking, raising hope that a deal can still be reached ...

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    Case law digest - November & December

    2020-12-14T16:38:00Z

    A selection of important Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cases decided in November and December 2020.

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    EU targets individuals, entities and bodies with new global human rights sanctions regime

    2020-12-14T15:24:00Z

    On 7 December 2020, the Council of the European Union adopted a framework consisting of a decision (Council Decision CFSP 2020/1999) and a regulation (Council Regulation EU 2020/1998) which establish a global human rights sanctions regime. This framework means that the EU can now target individuals, entities and bodies, as ...

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    ‘Post-transition UK-EU trade in legal services’ by Jonathan Goldsmith

    2020-12-14T14:31:00Z

    At the time of writing, it is not known whether the UK and EU will reach agreement on their future trade deal. But from the point of view of the trade in legal services between the UK and the EU, the deal or no-deal cliff-hanger does not make much difference. ...

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    ‘The first official hearings of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age’ by Marcus Scheuren

    2020-12-07T14:49:00Z

    On 18 June 2020, the European Parliament’s members decided with a broad majority to set up a new Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (with the beautifully musical acronym AIDA), for a duration of initially twelve months (extendable once by six months), and with 33 members . ...

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    ‘Challenges and opportunities for the Biden Presidency’ by Federiga Bindi

    2020-12-03T15:17:00Z

    Federiga Bindi reflects on the challenges and opportunities for the Biden Presidency following the recent US election.

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    ‘Not leveled yet… State aid control and the EU-UK negotiations’ by Professor Andrea Biondi

    2020-12-03T13:23:00Z

    Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor of EU law, King’s College London and Academic Associate 39 Essex Chambers comments on the EU-UK negotiations in regards to state aid control.

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    Commission publishes its proposal for revised standard contractual clauses (SCCs)

    2020-11-27T16:01:00Z

    On 12 November, the Commission published its proposal for revised set of standard contractual clauses (SCCs). The SCCs are one of the safeguards for transfers of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The proposal is open for consultation until ...

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    European Data Protection Board adopts recommendations on supplementary measures following Schrems II judgment

    2020-11-26T10:01:00Z

    In early November, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published two sets of recommendations: Recommendations on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the EU level of protection of personal data ; and Recommendations on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures . Both documents intend to address ...

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    ‘Brexit Transition and the Rule of Law: An Uncertain New World?’ by Dr Oliver Garner

    2020-11-23T10:47:00Z

    On Monday 9 November, the UK House of Lords voted to remove certain provisions of the UK Internal Market Bill . These clauses would permit government Ministers to legislate in breach of the Withdrawal Agreement . A former Lord Chief Justice and a former Lord Chancellor condemned the ...

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    The EU at the WTO: the next Director-General

    2020-11-20T16:08:00Z

    In May this year, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, announced his surprise resignation effective on 31 August 2020, a year ahead of schedule. The intergovernmental organisation is currently being run by a coalition of four Deputy Director-Generals serving in an interim capacity.

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    Broaden your horizons: Secondment opportunity

    2020-11-09T09:50:00Z

    Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors/newly qualified solicitors/paralegals to gain international experience

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    Access to justice in cross-border litigation: Lugano v. the Hague

    2020-11-02T10:25:00Z

    On 27 October the Law Societies Joint Brussels office was joined by Christopher Deacon, Partner at Stewarts, London, Guido Callegari, Partner at De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy and Philip Thorsen, Partner at Mazanti-Andersen Korso Jenson, Denmark for a timely discussion about access to justice in cross border litigation. Diana ...

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    Case-law Digest - October 2020

    2020-10-29T17:08:00Z

    A selection of important CJEU cases decided in October 2020

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    Update on Brexit - October 2020

    2020-10-29T16:31:00Z

    As readers may well recall, it was previously hoped that the EU-UK Future Relationship Agreement could be agreed by the end of October in order to allow sufficient time for ratification ahead of the 1 st January 2021. The European Council summit on the 15 th October had ...

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    European Climate Law: 2030 emissions reduction target increased to 60%

    2020-10-29T16:24:00Z

    The autumn of 2016 saw the EU ratify the Paris Agreement, which set out the goal of keeping the rise of global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Under article 4 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, the EU and its member states have ...

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    Green Week 2020

    2020-10-29T16:12:00Z

    The European Union’s Green Week, Europe’s biggest annual environmental event, took place last week (19 October – 22 October) featuring events examining how EU policies such as the European Green Deal can allow nature to recover and thrive through preservation and restoration. During the week, stakeholders from all over Europe ...