Policy & Regulation
This section focuses on developments in the EU policy field that can affect company lawyers in their day-to-day work. Both small and large companies must deal with a growing body of regulations, many of which stem from the European Union.
EU legislation follows a complicated and often lengthy procedure that implicates many EU and Member State institutions as well as outside interests. The European Commission uses a roadmap to define the scope of a major new law or policy, an evaluation of an existing law or policy, or an overhaul thereof.
Roadmaps describe the issues that must be tackled and what objectives must be met. They explain why EU action is necessary, outline policy options and describe the main features of the consultation strategy. The Commission can also carry out an impact assessment, if the potential impact of a law or policy is large on the economy, environment or society. Interested stakeholders usually get the opportunity to provide the EU institutions with expertise prior to the adoption of new legislation.
The recovery package, hailed by many, could be seen as a landmark decision for the future of the European Union
“The fact that a worker consented to the establishment of successive fixed-term employment relationships does not deprive him or her from the protection granted by the Framework Agreement on fixed-term work”
EU’s geographical indications system strengthened by recent ECJ rulings, now to include protection against “figurative signs”
The decision could be one of many that shifts how Uber and other gig economy service providers can operate in Europe
The Commission is aiming to make certain adjustments to the investor protection rules
EU Parliament green lights Vietnam free trade agreement, despite concerns from human rights groups
EU aims to tackle workplace harassment in new proposal to ratify convention form International Labour Organization
The move aims to considerably strengthen the position of consumers within the online universe.
A new EU Directive on the protection of whistle-blowers has entered into force. It mandates better protection of informants and aims to ensure that complaints are dealt with swiftly.
The Member States are split in finding an amicable resolution in ensuring proper tax payments by such multinational companies
The EU is continuing its attempts in introducing a unified framework for company law
ECJ insists on consumer protection and need for accurate labels of origin
The second highest GDPR fine has recently been imposed
Will we see a harmonisation of rules and regulations in the upcoming years?
Will this be the end?
The ECJ ramps up judicial oversight over Facebook in latest defamation ruling
The decision may well influence the Commission’s strategy in competition law
Three years later and still not an end in sight.
Juggling climate, Iran and a couple of international wildcards, Macron pulls off a seemingly successful summit in Biarritz
Concerns have been raised in Europe and America over Facebook’s ambitious plan to introduce a cryptocurrency
The State of California toughens its stance over glyphosate while federal level prevaricates over First Amendment claims
After the tumultuous summit of 2018, world leaders brace for high-stake discussions and unpredictable outcomes
With a No-Deal Brexit looking ever more likely, quickly concluding deals with its main trading partners will become vital once the UK is outside the EU.
Expect to see the upwards trend continuing
Within the center of trade talks with the superpower, intellectual property plays a major role
The EU-Mercosur free-trade agreement faces opposition in national parliaments of EU member states.
Thousands in the United States are suing Bayer over Monsanto’s controversial weed killer Roundup
Things are not as clear-cut as they were half a year ago, with a wide array of solutions possible
The Brexit saga has raised more questions than it has answered
The bitter altercation has already been ongoing for the past 15 years
The technology could have far-reaching effects across the World, leading politicians to race to the top
The decision obliges Member States to make daily recordings of employees’ working times mandatory
The ruling strengthens the right of qualified lawyers to practice in other EU countries, without having special requirements imposed upon them.
Despite the vocal opposition, the arbitration system complies with EU law
The Competition and Markets’ Authority has called for legislation to overhaul the auditing business, namely concerning the Big Four.
The landscape for collective redress rules across Europe varies a great deal and efforts to harmonise it might entail negative consequences
Whether to allow Chinese vendors participate in the procurement process for implementing 5G network systems across Europe has divided European countries
With 348 voting in favour, 274 voting against and 36 abstaining, the much-discussed EU Copyright Directive has finally been approved by the European Parliament.
Efforts by the EU to advance labour rights for workers has been met with varied responses – largely due to the effort it requires from companies and the diverse set of rules varying in Member States
The adoption establishes the first EU-wide certification scheme to ensure that cybersecurity standards are met.
The merger has raised some questions with regards to the modernity of the European antitrust rules.
The order by the Federal Cartel Office might have far-reaching effects in how Facebook manages its operations in Europe
The EU has a tough task at hand in order to create a fertile ground for European tech companies to flourish and compete on a global scale.
With the European Parliament elections on the horizon, 2019 will be full of challenges to overcome for the European Union.
The free-trade agreement between the EU and Singapore is expected to come into force later in 2019. Many trade barriers will be eliminated and EU rigorous standards and requirements will thus expand to South-East Asia.