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30 October 2009, 23:21 CET

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

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 25 September 2009, 23:05 CET |

The Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council brings together Justice ministers and Interior ministers about once every two months to discuss the development and implementation of cooperation and common policies in this sector. The creation of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, is a key aim of the EU Treaty.

Allowing access to fingerprints on EURODAC - briefing

Posted by EUbusiness at 10 September 2009, 18:10 CET |

Police cooperation: allowing access to fingerprints stored in EURODAC by EU Member States' law enforcement authorities and by Europol.

Energy Infrastructure

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 13 August 2009, 22:50 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Energy

The European Union finances electricity and gas transmission infrastructure projects of European interest. A yearly budget of about EUR 25 million is spent mainly for supporting feasibility studies. Most of the projects cross national borders or have an influence on several EU Member States.

Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposals to allow better cooperation between tax authorities

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 February 2009, 16:29 CET |
Filed under: Taxation, fraud

In the framework of its strategy to better combat tax evasion and fraud, the European Commission today adopted two proposals for new Directives aimed at improving mutual assistance between EU Member States' tax authorities in the assessment and the recovery of taxes. One of the key elements of the proposals is that Member States would no longer be able to invoke bank secrecy in order to refuse cross border co-operation.

EU Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 May 2008, 16:28 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Environment

The Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law regulates the protection of the environment through criminal law and significantly contributes to the more effective implementation of environmental protection policy at EU level.

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

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