Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

The Council today signed off on the reform that will bring down barriers to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU. The new rules are designed to boost the data economy and the development of emerging technologies such as cross-border autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. A provisional deal was concluded with the European Parliament on 19 … Continue reading Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

A proposed system to protect persons reporting breaches of EU law – known as whistleblowers – could increase their legal rights in all Member States and give citizens a central role in ensuring EU rules are applied in the context of their work, according to a new Opinion from the European Court of Auditors. The … Continue reading Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

On Thursday 11 October, the Council adopted a new anti money laundering directive. This directive introduces new criminal law provisions which will disrupt and block access by criminals to financial resources, including those used for terrorist activities. The new rules include: establishing minimum rules on the definition of criminal offences and sanctions relating to money laundering. Money laundering … Continue reading EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

The EU's approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada. The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make … Continue reading European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

The General Court of the EU upholds restrictive measures adopted by the Council against a number of Russian banks and oil and gas companies in connection with the crisis in Ukraine

Since 31 July 2014, the Council has, in response to Russia’s actions to destabilise the situation in Ukraine, adopted restrictive measures against a number of Russian banks and undertakings which specialise in the oil and gas sector. Those measures impose restrictions on certain financial transactions and on the export of certain sensitive goods and technologies, … Continue reading The General Court of the EU upholds restrictive measures adopted by the Council against a number of Russian banks and oil and gas companies in connection with the crisis in Ukraine

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

Brexit: European Commission recommends sufficient progress to the European Council (Article 50)

The European Commission has today recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to conclude that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. It is now for the European Council (Article 50) on 15 December 2017 to decide if sufficient progress has been made, allowing … Continue reading Brexit: European Commission recommends sufficient progress to the European Council (Article 50)