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

Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

300,000 people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism or learning disabilities will see their rights - specifically their right to liberty - stripped back every year by imminent changes to the Mental Capacity Act, the Law Society of England and Wales said as the government prepared to push legislation through its final parliamentary stages (26 … Continue reading Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

A worker cannot automatically lose his acquired rights to paid annual leave because he did not apply for leave

Mr Sebastian W. Kreuziger was a paid legal trainee with the Land of Berlin (Germany). During the last months of this trainee-ship, he refrained from taking paid annual leave. After his trainee-ship ended, he requested an allowance in lieu of the days of leave which he had not taken, which the Land refused. Mr Kreuziger … Continue reading A worker cannot automatically lose his acquired rights to paid annual leave because he did not apply for leave

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

Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the ethylene purchasing sector

The European Commission can confirm that on 16 May 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in ethylene purchasing, in several Member States. The Commission has concerns that the companies concerned may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the ethylene purchasing sector