Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement

The European Commission and the United Kingdom's negotiators have reached an agreement on the entirety of the Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as provided for under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The Withdrawal Agreement establishes the … Continue reading Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement

Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

The Council today signed off on the reform that will bring down barriers to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU. The new rules are designed to boost the data economy and the development of emerging technologies such as cross-border autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. A provisional deal was concluded with the European Parliament on 19 … Continue reading Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors

The administrative burden on those applying for and managing research grants under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has been reduced, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Most of the simplification measures introduced by the European Commission have been effective, say the auditors, although there is still room for improvement. Horizon … Continue reading Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors

A worker cannot automatically lose his acquired rights to paid annual leave because he did not apply for leave

Mr Sebastian W. Kreuziger was a paid legal trainee with the Land of Berlin (Germany). During the last months of this trainee-ship, he refrained from taking paid annual leave. After his trainee-ship ended, he requested an allowance in lieu of the days of leave which he had not taken, which the Land refused. Mr Kreuziger … Continue reading A worker cannot automatically lose his acquired rights to paid annual leave because he did not apply for leave

Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

A proposed system to protect persons reporting breaches of EU law – known as whistleblowers – could increase their legal rights in all Member States and give citizens a central role in ensuring EU rules are applied in the context of their work, according to a new Opinion from the European Court of Auditors. The … Continue reading Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

On Thursday 11 October, the Council adopted a new anti money laundering directive. This directive introduces new criminal law provisions which will disrupt and block access by criminals to financial resources, including those used for terrorist activities. The new rules include: establishing minimum rules on the definition of criminal offences and sanctions relating to money laundering. Money laundering … Continue reading EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-493/17 Weiss and Others

Advocate General Wathelet proposes that the Court of Justice should rule that the decision of the ECB establishing a programme for the purchase of government bonds on secondary markets is valid. By decision of 4 March 2015, the European Central Bank (ECB) put in place a secondary markets public sector asset purchase programme (‘PSPP’). The … Continue reading Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-493/17 Weiss and Others