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EU to cooperate on fighting tax evasion 17 March 2010, 00:39 CET
At a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council today, finance ministers adopted a draft EU directive on strenghtening mutual assistance between Member States in the recovery of taxes.

Polish phone company loses Court challenge 16 March 2010, 11:33 CET
The European Court of Justice has ruled against Poland's largest phone company, Telekomunikacja Polska SA, in a challenge to Polish national legislation that blocks service providers from binding customers to combined sales contracts.

MEPs back fresh EU money for low-carbon technologies 12 March 2010, 00:52 CET
Euro-MPs have approved fresh EU funding for the development of innovative low-carbon technologies to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.

EU energy rules still not being implemented: report 11 March 2010, 22:57 CET
EU Member States are lagging behind in the implementation of the internal energy market rules, reveals the Commission’s 2009 Benchmarking Report published today.

Scientists and SMEs join forces to fight influenza 11 March 2010, 00:30 CET
Researchers and industrialists from Europe and abroad have clinched EUR 18 million in EU support for their collaboration on projects targeting influenza. In total, 52 research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 18 European countries, as well as China, Israel and the US will work together on 4 projects to determine how influenza virus genes migrate, and how they pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals. In less than a decade, the Commission has earmarked more than EUR 100 million for research on influenza.

In-depth examination of insurance against natural catastrophes, announces Barnier 11 March 2010, 17:29 CET
The Commission is to carry out an in-depth examination of insurance schemes covering national catastrophes, in particular flooding, announced Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, yesterday, 9 March, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Parliament wants to reduce red tape for small firms 11 March 2010, 16:35 CET
Very small companies could be exempted from having to draw up annual accounts, following approval by the European Parliament of changes to EU accounting rules. Voting in the 10 March plenary, MEPs said it would be up to each Member State to grant such exemptions, depending on the impact the directive would have in that country. Companies would in any case still have to keep records of their business transactions and financial situation.

"Internal market test" needed for new EU legislation, say MEPs 10 March 2010, 18:21 CET
The EU's internal market was put under scrutiny today, 9 March, when Members of the European Parliament debated a series of reports in their plenary session in Strasbourg. They concluded that there is no conflict between consumer rights and an economically efficient single market: they reinforce each other. This is the key message of three resolutions approved by Parliament that look at EU law on consumer protection, the internal market and the SOLVIT system for settling consumer disputes.

Euro-MPs urge EU rethink on competition policy 11 March 2010, 23:50 CET
A resolution adopted by the EP today, 9 March, highlights the need to assess the effectiveness of Member States' state-aid activities during the crisis, scale back the protectionist reflexes that it triggered and update EU competition rules, inter alia by revisiting the "fines only" policy. The EP lists on-line advertising, and the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and dairy sectors as areas needing further action.

Price floor on tobacco infringes EU law 12 March 2010, 00:21 CET
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the national legislation in certain EU Member States that allows the fixing of a price floor for tobacco products is contrary to the Directives of free competition.

Ministers approve directive to improve safety of EU healthcare workers 08 March 2010, 23:43 CET
EU Employment and Social Affairs Ministers have adopted a Directive to prevent injuries and infections to healthcare workers from sharp objects such as needle sticks - one of the most serious health and safety threats in European workplaces and estimated to cause 1 million injuries each year.

Austria's monopolistic approach to gaming is incompatible to EU law 10 March 2010, 01:49 CET
An EU Member State which reserves the operation of casinos exclusively to companies which have their seat in its territory is acting in a way which is incompatible with European Union Law, according to an Opinion of the European Court of Justice.

EU Court upholds Commission decision on State aid for banks 10 March 2010, 01:48 CET
The EU General Court has upheld the Commission's decision which stated that the two investment funds that Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen received in1998 from the state were made available to underpin its competitive business, and hence could not be classified as State aid.

Arcelor's action rejected by EU General Court 10 March 2010, 01:47 CET
The EU's General Court on March 1 2010 dismissed an action filed by the world's largest steel maker Arcelor Mittal as inadmissible and unfounded.

EU Court clarifies standard for Iraqi refugee status 10 March 2010, 01:49 CET
Iraqi refugees who sought refuge from Sadam Hussein's Baath regime no longer qualify as refugees because of the significant change in circumstances in Iraq, according to a ruling of the European Court of Justice.

Member States have the power to remove citizenship acquired 'by deception' 10 March 2010, 01:48 CET
The European Court of Justice has upheld Member States' power to remove its citizenship from a citizen of the Union, when that person has obtained it by deception.

CASELEX:EU:2010:13 - Public Procurement Law - Procedures for review of the award of public contracts 15 March 2010, 23:47 CET
This reference for a preliminary ruling has been made by the High Court of Justice (England and Wales) in the context of a dispute between the applicant, Uniplex (UK) Ltd (‘Uniplex’), and the defendant, NHS Business Services Authority (‘NHS’), concerning the conclusion of a framework agreement.

CASELEX:EU:2010:14 - Employment Law - Protection of employees’ representatives 15 March 2010, 23:47 CET
This reference for a preliminary ruling has been made by the Vestre Landsret (Western Regional Court) (Denmark) in the context of a dispute between the applicant, the Danish Association of Engineers (Ingeniørforeningen i Danmark) (‘IDA’), acting on behalf of Mr Bertram Holst, a former employee of the company Babcock & Wilcox Vølund ApS (‘BWV’), and the defendant, the Confederation of Danish Employers (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening) (‘DA’), acting on behalf of BWV, concerning the dismissal of Mr Holst by BWV.

EU Court clarifies residency terms for the carers of the children of migrant workers 01 March 2010, 01:02 CET
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled, in accordance with Community regulation on the freedom of movement, that the child of a migrant worker is allowed to have an independent right of residence in connection with the right of access to education in the host Member State.

Products originating in the West Bank do not qualify for preferential customs treatment, rules EU Court 10 March 2010, 01:47 CET
The European Court of Justice has ruled that products originating in the occupied territories of the West Bank cannot qualify for preferential customs granted for Israeli goods detailed in the Israel-EC agreement.

Spotlight on EU projects in trust and security 18 February 2010, 17:29 CET
The Journal of Computer Security has launched a special issue highlighting the results of six projects funded under the 'Information society technologies' (IST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The journal's editors called on the six projects to submit papers because they received exceptional reviews in the ICT [information and communication technology] Trust and Security EU calls.

EU strengthens R&D ties with Egypt 11 February 2010, 17:06 CET
The European Union will offer EUR 20 million to Egypt to promote research and innovation, Ambassador of the European Delegation in Egypt Marc Franco announced at the first Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace in Heliopolis, Egypt in late January. The funds will be earmarked for the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme that was established under the EC-EGYPT bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2007.

Cotton ginning firms' bid for EUR 4.45m compensation dismissed 04 March 2010, 12:10 CET
The General Court has ruled that the actions brought forward by three cotton ginning firms must be dismissed as unfounded, due to the lack of evidence to support their claim that a 2004 CAP support scheme damaged their businesses.

CASELEX:EU:2000:5 - IP Law - protection of industrial and commercial property 15 March 2010, 23:48 CET
A Member State failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 30 of the EC Treaty (now, after amendment, Article 28 EC) when it detained presumably counterfeit goods under customs control on the pretext of protecting the registered design right and copyright of the goods. However, because intra-Community transit did not involve the use of the appearance of the goods’ protected design, the transit did not form part of the specific subject-matter of the protected rights of the goods.

CASELEX:EU:2008:101 - IP Law - Protection of the confidentiality of electronic communications 15 March 2010, 18:55 CET
This reference for a preliminary ruling concerns the interpretation of Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (‘Directive on electronic commerce’) (OJ 2000 L 178, p. 1), Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (OJ 2001 L 167, p. 10), Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (OJ 2004 L 157, p. 45, and corrigendum, OJ 2004 L 195, p. 16), and Articles 17(2) and 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union proclaimed in Nice on 7 December 2000 (OJ 2000 C 364, p. 1, ‘the Charter’).