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Tyre labelling: achieving sustainable mobility

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:01 CET |

In order to achieve the goals fixed by the EU for sustainable mobility, the European Commission has prepared a Proposal for a Directive to introduce tyre labelling. This aims to provide end-users of vehicles with clear and relevant information about the quality of the tyre, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy.

Quality of petrol and diesel fuels: sulphur and lead

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:01 CET |

To reduce pollution from car emissions, the EU has introduced new environmental specifications applicable to fuels: a ban on the marketing of leaded petrol and the obligation to make sulphur-free fuels available within the Union.

Admission and residence of researchers from third countries

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 18:01 CET |

The mobility of researchers is a key element in the acquisition and transfer of knowledge. Member States, working with the Commission, need to step up their action to facilitate the entry and residence of researchers from third countries. The European Research Area is the lynchpin of EU research policy, and supporting the mobility of researchers is a key instrument in making it a reality.

Labelling of textile products

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 18:01 CET |

The labelling of textile products in the EU harmonises the names of textile fibres and other terms used in labelling or other documents accompanying these products, in order to ensure adequate information for consumers and to promote the development of the internal market.

Data protection in the electronic communications sector

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:02 CET |

New technologies, and in particular the Internet and electronic messaging services, call for specific requirements to ensure that users have a right to privacy. This EU Directive contains provisions that are crucial to ensuring that users can trust the services and technologies they use for communicating electronically. The main provisions apply to spam, ensuring the user's prior consent ("opt-in"), and the installation of cookies.

Selection and authorisation of systems providing mobile satellite services

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:02 CET |

Mobile satellite services (MSS) present enormous potential at the EU level. Their deployment contributes to reducing the geographical digital divide by enabling citizens to benefit from innovations in telecommunications and broadcasting (high-speed internet, mobile television, emergency communications, etc.). This Decision aims to develop a pan-European market for mobile satellite services by introducing a unique selection procedure of economic operators at the Community level.

Maximum pesticide limits for food products for human consumption and animal feedingstuffs

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:02 CET |

All foodstuffs intended for human or animal consumption in the EU are subject to a maximum residue level (MRL) of pesticides in their composition in order to protect animal and human health. The Regulation brings together and harmonises in one text the limits that apply to different human or animal food products and, in addition, it establishes a maximum limit applicable by default.

Plan protection products: prohibited products

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 07 January 2010, 17:02 CET |

The European Union regulates the placing on the market and use of plant protection products and lists the prohibited active substances.

General arrangements for the holding and movement of products subject to excise duty (from April 2010)

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 06 January 2010, 01:33 CET |

This EU Council Directive establishes common arrangements for products subject to excise duty in order to guarantee their free circulation.

Entry and residence of highly qualified workers (EU Blue Card)

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 06 January 2010, 01:34 CET |

This directive concerns conditions of entry for highly qualified non-EU nationals. It creates a “European Blue Card” and sets out the conditions and rights of residence in the issuing as well as in other Member States.

The EU drugs action plan (2009-2012)

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 06 January 2010, 00:35 CET |

This action plan establishes five priorities to be implemented in the fight against drugs: coordination at European and national levels, reduction of demand for drugs, reduction of supply of drugs, international cooperation and information on the drugs phenomenon.

Energy efficiency: energy performance of buildings

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 06 January 2010, 01:35 CET |

The Member States must apply minimum requirements as regards the energy performance of new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of their energy performance and require the regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems in buildings.

Seventh Directive: consolidated accounts of companies with limited liability

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 25 December 2009, 23:45 CET |

This Seventh Company Law Directive coordinates national laws on consolidated (i.e. group) accounts. Together with the Fourth Directive on the annual accounts of public limited liability companies, it belongs to the family of "accounting directives" that form the arsenal of Community legal acts governing company accounts.

Statute for a European Company

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 25 December 2009, 23:45 CET |

The aim of these documents is to create a "European company" with its own legislative framework. This will allow companies incorporated in different Member States to merge or form a holding company or joint subsidiary, while avoiding the legal and practical constraints arising from the existence of 27 different legal systems. This legislative framework also provides for the involvement of employees in European companies, giving due recognition to their place and role in the business.

Goods and passengers: admission to the occupation of road transport operator and mutual recognition of diplomas

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 25 December 2009, 23:43 CET |

This EU Directive harmonises admission to the occupation of road transport operator in national and international transport and to facilitate the effective exercise of the right of establishment of those operators.

Directive 89/104/EEC – Trade-mark law – Exhaustion of trade mark proprietor’s rights – Placing of goods on the market in the European Economic Area by a third party – Implied consent – Conditions.

Posted by Caselex at 19 January 2010, 04:00 CET |
Filed under: EU Law

Article 7(1) of First Council Directive 89/104/EEC of 21 December 1988 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks, as amended by the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, must be interpreted as meaning that the consent of the proprietor of a trade mark to the marketing of goods bearing that mark carried out directly in the European Economic Area by a third party who has no economic link to that proprietor may be implied, in so far as such consent is to be inferred from facts and circumstances prior to, simultaneous with or subsequent to the placing of the goods on the market in that area which, in the view of the national court, unequivocally demonstrate that the proprietor has renounced his exclusive rights.

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Common system of VAT (the 'VAT Directive')

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 26 December 2009, 00:45 CET |

This Directive codifies the provisions implementing the common system of VAT, which applies to the production and distribution of goods and services bought and sold for consumption within the European Community.

EU Court rejects numerical trademark

Posted by Leopold Gasteen at 14 January 2010, 13:45 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Trade Mark

The Court of First Instance (CFI) has dismissed the appeal of a Polish company who sought registration for a complex sign consisting of colorful ribbons and the numerical elements ‘100’ and ‘300’, on the grounds that the sign was of a descriptive and misleading nature.

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The management of intellectual property by public research organisations

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 21 December 2009, 20:16 CET |

In order to promote the results of scientific research, the European Commission has adopted a Recommendation to improve intellectual property management and knowledge transfer by public research organisations (PROs). The Commission will thus contribute to the building of a knowledge society and establish a new milestone in the creation of the ‘fifth freedom’: the free circulation of knowledge.

Recognition and execution of confiscation orders in the EU

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 21 December 2009, 20:16 CET |

The EU is facilitating the direct execution of confiscation orders for the proceeds of crime by establishing simplified procedures for recognition among Member States and rules for dividing confiscated property between the Member State issuing the confiscation order and the one executing it.

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