No-deal Brexit could leave UK’s creative talents unprotected

A no-deal Brexit could undermine protections enjoyed by British inventors, fashion designers and broadcasters, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today. Releasing its latest tranche of advice on the impact of exiting the EU without an agreement, Law Society of England and Wales president Christina Blacklaws said: “Those in the process of applying … Continue reading No-deal Brexit could leave UK’s creative talents unprotected

Council and Parliament agree on new rules for contracts for the sales of goods and digital content

The EU is introducing new rules to make it easier and safer to buy and sell both goods and digital content cross-border. The Council and Parliament negotiators agreed today on a package comprising a directive on contracts for the supply of digital content and services (Digital content directive - DCD), and a directive on contracts … Continue reading Council and Parliament agree on new rules for contracts for the sales of goods and digital content

European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

The European Commission has fined the card scheme Mastercard €570 566 000 for limiting the possibility for merchants to benefit from better conditions offered by banks established elsewhere in the Single Market, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers use payment cards every day, when they buy … Continue reading European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

The rule of law depends on an immigration system that is fair and fit for purpose, the Law Society of England and Wales said, following publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper. “Britain’s future immigration system must be as fair, robust and transparent as it is streamlined,” Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said. “The root … Continue reading Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

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

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on draft guidelines to help national courts estimate the economic harm caused by cartels

The European Commission is inviting comments on draft guidelines to help national courts estimate the share of price increases caused by a cartel that are passed on to indirect purchasers and final consumers. The Commission invites views and comments on the draft guidelines by 4 October 2018. The Antitrust Damages Directive helps citizens and companies claim damages … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on draft guidelines to help national courts estimate the economic harm caused by cartels

Single Market: trading safe products across Europe

Question & Answers on the Commission proposals What is the Commission proposing and why? The free movement of goods is one of the building blocks of the EU Single Market. It means that companies can sell their products in any EU country without additional barriers. This creates new opportunities for businesses, but also gives consumers a wider … Continue reading Single Market: trading safe products across Europe