Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

Britain – Europe’s biggest international provider of legal services and number two in the world – could take a £3.5bn hit from a no deal Brexit, solicitors' leaders warned yesterday. “According to our estimates, the volume of work in legal services would be down £3.5bn* – nearly 10% lower than under an orderly Brexit,” said … Continue reading Britain’s legal sector set for significant slowdown in event of no-deal Brexit

European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Yesterday, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges and … Continue reading European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Antitrust: European Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200 409 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. AB InBev, the world's biggest beer company, has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: "Consumers in Belgium have been paying more … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT). Following the end of roaming charges … Continue reading Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

EIB lends up to EUR 110m to Dräger for medical technology development

Fresh funds will support Dräger´s R&D investment programme EIB financing provided under Investment Plan for Europe, or Juncker Plan The European Investment Bank (EIB) will lend up to EUR 110 million to Dräger, a global leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Dräger will use the fresh financing to fund R&D projects in … Continue reading EIB lends up to EUR 110m to Dräger for medical technology development

EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

The EU is amending its legal framework on copyright to make it fit-for-purpose in today's digital environment. The Council today adopted a directive that modernises existing EU copyright law to pave the way towards a true digital single market. The new rules ensure adequate protection for authors and artists, while opening up new possibilities for … Continue reading EU adjusts copyright rules to the digital age

Visa free travel after Brexit: European Council adopts regulation

The Council today adopted a regulation setting out that, following Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) will be granted visa free travel. The next step will be for the text to be signed by the European Parliament and the Council and published in … Continue reading Visa free travel after Brexit: European Council adopts regulation