European Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

The EU is temporarily adapting banking rules in order to maximise the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The banking package adopted today provides targeted and exceptional legislative changes to the capital requirements regulation (CRR 2). These changes will allow credit institutions to fully play their … Continue reading European Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

Advocate General Pikamäe: the Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to rule on an international boundary dispute that falls outside the scope of EU law

The infringements of EU law of which Slovenia accuses Croatia are ancillary to the issue of determining the boundary between those two States, which is a matter of public international law. The Republic of Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia became members of the EU on 1 May 2004 and 1 July 2013, respectively. The … Continue reading Advocate General Pikamäe: the Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to rule on an international boundary dispute that falls outside the scope of EU law

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

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

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

European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals

Today, the EU has brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals. In both cases, there are significant economic interests and important legal principles at stake for the EU. The total value of … Continue reading European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals