New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of today

As of today, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union. Currently, citizens moving to or living in another EU country must obtain a stamp to prove that their public documents (such as a birth, marriage or death certificate) are … Continue reading New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of today

A Member State that has given notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU in accordance with Article 50 TEU remains the responsible State for the purposes of the Dublin III Regulation

On 10 January 2017, the International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT, Ireland) upheld a decision of the Irish Refugee Applications Commissioner recommending the transfer of S.A., M.A. and their child A.Z. to the UK. The Commissioner took the view that the UK was the country responsible for taking charge of the asylum applications brought by S.A. … Continue reading A Member State that has given notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU in accordance with Article 50 TEU remains the responsible State for the purposes of the Dublin III Regulation

European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

The European Commission has fined the card scheme Mastercard €570 566 000 for limiting the possibility for merchants to benefit from better conditions offered by banks established elsewhere in the Single Market, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers use payment cards every day, when they buy … Continue reading European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

On 3rd of December 2018 the new regulation proposed by the European Commission in May 2016 to end unjustified geo-blocking online will enter into force. Europeans will not have to worry about a website blocking or re-routing them just because they, or their credit card, come from a different country. Wherever they are in the … Continue reading Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Widespread concerns about deregulation of the solicitor profession must be taken into account and new rules rejected by the oversight regulator, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as the Legal Services Board (LSB) considers proposals to create different tiers of solicitors and reduce consumer protections. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: "The … Continue reading Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.  The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU … Continue reading The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC