European Defence Fund delivers new pan-European research projects

The European Defence Fund continues to deliver with another set of EU-funded defence research projects. The Fund, launched by President Juncker in June 2017, is a catalyst for the creation of a strong EU defence industry. It boosts defence capabilities and builds new partnerships across borders. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: "The … Continue reading European Defence Fund delivers new pan-European research projects

EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The European Committee of the Region has voiced its support for a decision by the European Commission to invoke Article 7 of the EU treaty against Poland, as there is "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law”. In a resolution adopted on 1 February, the EU's assembly of local and … Continue reading EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The Court of Justice upholds the fines imposed by the Commission on companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight

By decision of 28 March 2012, the Commission imposed fines amounting in total to €169 million on a number of companies by reason of their participation, in periods between 2002 and 2007, in various agreements and concerted practices on the market for international air freight forwarding services. Those services included the organisation of transportation of … Continue reading The Court of Justice upholds the fines imposed by the Commission on companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight

Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

Taxation: Eight jurisdictions removed from EU list

Eight jurisdictions have been removed from the EU's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns. Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are moved to a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring. On 23 January 2018, the … Continue reading Taxation: Eight jurisdictions removed from EU list

Summary judgement on fraudulent invoices case: Sweden

The Court of Appeal in Stockholm, Sweden, handed down its judgement on 20 December 2017 following the trial against twenty persons charged with fraud in view of their involvement, from 2011 to 2014, in the sending out of fake invoices, which appeared to have been sent out by OHIM (now EUIPO). The invoices were addressed … Continue reading Summary judgement on fraudulent invoices case: Sweden