Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Commission welcomes WTO ruling confirming lawfulness of core principles of the EU third energy package

In a ruling published on Friday, the World Trade Organisation rejected most of Russia's claims concerning the alleged incompatibility of the EU's energy policy measures with the multilateral trade rules. The WTO panel did not find basis to the claim concerning the alleged EU discrimination in its "Third Energy Package" against Russian pipeline transport services, … Continue reading Commission welcomes WTO ruling confirming lawfulness of core principles of the EU third energy package

The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author

By posting on the internet, the photograph is made available to a new public. Mr Dirk Renckhoff, a photographer, authorised the operators of a travel website to publish one of his photographs on their website. A pupil at a secondary school in Land North Rhein-Westphalia in Germany (Gesamtshcule de Waltrop) downloaded that photograph from the … Continue reading The posting on a website of a photograph that was freely accessible on another website with the consent of the author requires a new authorisation by that author

Antitrust: Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices

The European Commission today fined, in four separate decisions, consumer electronics manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers in breach of EU competition rules. The fines totalling over €111 million were in all four cases reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices

Infringements: Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to the Court of Justice for not implementing anti-money laundering rules

Today, the Commission referred Greece and Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into their national law. Ireland implemented only a very limited part of the rules and is therefore also referred to the Court of Justice. The Commission proposed that the Court charges a … Continue reading Infringements: Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to the Court of Justice for not implementing anti-money laundering rules

Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union. On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the EU and become a third country. This will have repercussions for citizens, businesses and administrations in both the … Continue reading Brexit: European Commission publishes Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google must now bring the conduct effectively to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments of … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine