Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today the Commission has … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

EU, China, US will suffer economically from the re-emergence of protectionism

The world’s largest economies, particularly the EU, China, the US, Mexico and Canada, are all projected to suffer economically from the re-emergence of economic protectionism, and a significant increase in trade tariffs. In the case of the EU, the bloc would experience a 1% contraction in GDP, a 0.3% lower rate of employment, and a … Continue reading EU, China, US will suffer economically from the re-emergence of protectionism

European Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. Today, they are setting out 10 concrete actions for EU Heads of State or Government to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March. The … Continue reading European Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

EU Finance Ministers have updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, based on an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the European Commission. The list has proven a true success with many countries having changed their laws and tax systems to comply with international standards. Over the course of last year, the … Continue reading EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

EU law does not preclude the loss of the nationality of a Member State/EU citizenship, where the link between the person concerned and that Member State is durably interrupted

A number of Dutch citizens possessing a second nationality of a non-EU country brought proceedings before courts in the Netherlands following the refusal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to examine their applications for renewal of their national passports. The Minister’s refusal was based on the Law on Netherlands nationality, which provides that an adult … Continue reading EU law does not preclude the loss of the nationality of a Member State/EU citizenship, where the link between the person concerned and that Member State is durably interrupted

Antitrust: European Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement

The European Commission has fined Autoliv and TRW a total of € 368 277 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Takata was not fined as it revealed the cartels to the Commission. The companies took part in two cartels for the supply of car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to European car producers. All three … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement

No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal in four weeks’ time cross-border criminals will have much to celebrate, the Law Society of England and Wales said today. “When it comes to criminal justice and terrorism we currently operate in a climate of co-operation with the 27 other countries that make up the EU … Continue reading No deal a good deal for criminals Law Society warns