Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Employment law is getting a much-needed overhaul to protect the rights of people working in the gig economy, the Law Society of England and Wales said in response to new legislation announced today. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “We called for laws that would prevent workers from being underpaid, overworked or mistreated - measures … Continue reading Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Antitrust: European Commission fines Guess €40 million for anti-competitive agreements to block cross-border sales

The European Commission today fined the clothing company Guess €39 821 000 for restricting retailers from online advertising and selling cross-border to consumers in other Member States ("geo-blocking"), in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Guess' distribution agreements tried to prevent EU consumers from shopping in other Member States … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines Guess €40 million for anti-competitive agreements to block cross-border sales

EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

The European Commission welcomes today's approval in the European Parliament of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement negotiated by the Commission is the first ever to include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and … Continue reading EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

On 3rd of December 2018 the new regulation proposed by the European Commission in May 2016 to end unjustified geo-blocking online will enter into force. Europeans will not have to worry about a website blocking or re-routing them just because they, or their credit card, come from a different country. Wherever they are in the … Continue reading Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

Today, the EU together with other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland – unveiled a proposal for concrete changes to overcome the current deadlock in the WTO Appellate Body. The proposal will be presented at the meeting of the WTO … Continue reading WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

EU Anti-fraud proposals not going far enough, say Auditors

The proposed changes of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will not be sufficient to make its investigations significantly more effective, according to an Opinion published today by the European Court of Auditors. In addition, while the proposal reflects well the principles of co-operation between OLAF and the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), certain issues could … Continue reading EU Anti-fraud proposals not going far enough, say Auditors

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