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

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

EU, China, US will suffer economically from the re-emergence of protectionism

The world’s largest economies, particularly the EU, China, the US, Mexico and Canada, are all projected to suffer economically from the re-emergence of economic protectionism, and a significant increase in trade tariffs. In the case of the EU, the bloc would experience a 1% contraction in GDP, a 0.3% lower rate of employment, and a … Continue reading EU, China, US will suffer economically from the re-emergence of protectionism

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

EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

The European Commission welcomes today's approval in the European Parliament of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement negotiated by the Commission is the first ever to include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and … Continue reading EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

Understanding the GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

The GDPR–or General Data Protection Regulation–is a regulation passed by the European Union on April 27, 2016, with an effective start date of May 25, 2018. Officially classified as regulation 2016/679, the GDPR expands upon and replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC of 1995. It serves as the EU’s effort to synchronise and harmonise laws on citizen and resident … Continue reading Understanding the GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation

Single Market: trading safe products across Europe

Question & Answers on the Commission proposals What is the Commission proposing and why? The free movement of goods is one of the building blocks of the EU Single Market. It means that companies can sell their products in any EU country without additional barriers. This creates new opportunities for businesses, but also gives consumers a wider … Continue reading Single Market: trading safe products across Europe