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30 October 2009, 23:21 CET

Latest business news about EU law, legal issues and the European Court of Justice

Mediation in civil and commercial matters - guide

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 April 2008, 22:57 CET |

The European Parliament and the EU's Council on 23 April 2008 gave the go-ahead for an EU law to encourage mediation for cross-border legal disputes. The directive promotes the use of mediation as a faster and cheaper alternative to going to court in civil and commercial cross-border disputes.

Mediation in civil and commercial matters - summary

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 April 2008, 22:51 CET |

The European Parliament and the EU Council on 23 April 2008 gave the go-ahead for an EU law to encourage mediation for cross-border legal disputes. The proposed directive is aimed at promoting the use of mediation as a faster and cheaper alternative to going to court in civil and commercial cross-border disputes.

Antitrust: EC policy paper on compensating consumer and business victims of competition breaches - guide

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 April 2008, 13:43 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, SMEs, Competition

The European Commission on 3 April 2008 published a White Paper suggesting a new model for achieving compensation for consumers and businesses who are the victims of antitrust violations (breaches of EC Treaty rules on restrictive business practices and abuse of dominant market positions). At present, there are serious obstacles in most EU Member States that discourage consumers and businesses from claiming compensation in court in private antitrust damages actions. The White Paper includes suggestions to make damages claims by victims more efficient, whilst ensuring respect for European legal systems and traditions. The model outlined by the Commission is based on compensation through single damages for the harm suffered. The White Paper's other key recommendations cover collective redress, disclosure of evidence and the effect of final decisions of competition authorities in subsequent damages actions. The recommendations balance rights and obligations of both the claimant and the defendant and include safeguards against abuses of litigation. Interested parties are invited to comment on the recommendations until 15 July 2008. The Commission will then reflect on concrete measures in the light of responses to the White Paper.

European Arrest Warrant

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 June 2007, 13:42 CET |

The European Union has adopted a Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States. The decision simplifies and speeds up the procedure, given that the whole political and administrative phase is replaced by a judicial mechanism

Decision-making in the European Union

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 October 2013, 05:00 CET |

Decision-making in the European Union involves a number of institutions, in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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