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European Commission’s in-depth investigations into state aid for European airlines

The European Commission has been conducting thorough investigations into the state aid measures provided to Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM Group to ensure their compliance with EU State aid rules

Another EU Antitrust Action Against Microsoft: A New Chapter in a Longstanding Saga

This move marks the latest development in the EU’s ongoing scrutiny of Microsoft’s market practices, particularly concerning its software bundling strategies, one which has ongoing for the better part of two decades.

European Court of Human rights passes ruling on State’s responsibility on the enviroment

The Verein Klimaseniorinnen Schweiz And Others V. Switzerland ruling based its reasoning on Article 8 of ECHR, regarding the right to private and family life.

CJEU clarifies edge cases of GDPR

The cases clarified what constitutes personal data processing under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), particularly in contexts involving the dissemination of information by public authorities and the management of consent in digital advertising.

European Commission publishes recommendations to combat online and offline counterfeiting

The Commission estimates that industries that “make intensive use of IP” contribute 47% of total EU GDP and nearly 40% of total employment within the Union.

OECD two-pillar global tax framework at risk

The US political climate and their upcoming elections however have complicated and potentially even killed any further progress on, at the very least, the first pillar, if not also for the second.

Europe remains a global leader in innovation, ability to commercialise lagging

On 14 February 2024, the European Commission published its 2024 Annual Single Market and Competitiveness Report. The report, following established KPIs that define competitiveness based on nine distinct drivers, aims to give a comprehensive overview of both positive and negative trends within the Single Market.

ExxonMobil sues investor activists for “micromanaging”

ExxonMobil has recently filed a lawsuit against Follow This, an Amsterdam-based investor activist group, and Arjuna Capital, a registered investment adviser. The suit claims that the activist proposal violates SEC rules for investor petitions, which disallow resubmitting proposals that do not gain investor support over time.

What will happen to the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive ?

Though there were developments in late 2023 that the Directive was on the way to being enacted, recent weeks have questioned Germany’s support for the final version.

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