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

Antitrust: European Commission fines Guess €40 million for anti-competitive agreements to block cross-border sales

The European Commission today fined the clothing company Guess €39 821 000 for restricting retailers from online advertising and selling cross-border to consumers in other Member States ("geo-blocking"), in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Guess' distribution agreements tried to prevent EU consumers from shopping in other Member States … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines Guess €40 million for anti-competitive agreements to block cross-border sales

Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

The European Commission invites comments on commitments submitted by Transgaz to address competition concerns regarding the free flow of natural gas from Romania. The commitments would aim to enable natural gas exports from Romania to other Member States, in particular Hungary and Bulgaria. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Natural gas consumers across … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

Infringements: Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to the Court of Justice for not implementing anti-money laundering rules

Today, the Commission referred Greece and Romania to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into their national law. Ireland implemented only a very limited part of the rules and is therefore also referred to the Court of Justice. The Commission proposed that the Court charges a … Continue reading Infringements: Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to the Court of Justice for not implementing anti-money laundering rules

The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex

Although the Member States have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence … Continue reading The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex