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

EU to modernise law on consumer protection

The EU is modernising and reinforcing its consumer protection laws. Member states' ambassadors meeting in the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee approved a deal reached between the Romanian presidency and the European Parliament on a draft directive which amends four existing EU directives protecting consumers' interests. The directive covers a wide range of topics. It amends … Continue reading EU to modernise law on consumer protection

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations. At the same time, it continues supporting administrations in their own preparations and urges all EU citizens and businesses to continue informing themselves about the consequences of a possible … Continue reading Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

EU company law adapted to the digital era

The EU has decided to revise its company law rules so that they remain fit for purpose in the digital age. The aim is to achieve greater efficiency, transparency and legal certainty through the use of digital tools. The Romanian presidency of the Council reached a provisional agreement with European Parliament's representatives on a draft directive that … Continue reading EU company law adapted to the digital era

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

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