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Towards a Single Market in Creative Content Online

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 03 December 2009, 16:19 CET |

Online content knows no bounds and is on the increase. Reaching almost 500 million consumers, content services could significantly enhance the competitiveness of the European music, film and games industry by 2010. This is why the European Commission is encouraging the development of a stronger and more consumer-friendly internal market for online creative content within the European Union.

Green Paper on Agricultural Product Quality

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 03 December 2009, 16:16 CET |

The aim of this consultation is to ensure a strategic and regulatory framework for the protection of agricultural products and to promote their quality. In this respect, the European Commission intends to open a wide discussion on the existing instruments, on how they could be improved and on new initiatives which could be considered. Three areas are being reviewed: farming requirements and marketing standards, existing quality schemes and certification schemes.

Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 22 December 2009, 13:06 CET |

The common organisation of agricultural markets in the European Union provides a single legal framework governing the domestic market, trade with third countries and rules regarding competition.

Dorda Brugger Jordis Rechtsanwälte

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 December 2009, 01:20 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Austria

Since its establishment in 1976 Dorda Brugger Jordis has grown into a leading business law firm in Vienna, Austria.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 November 2009, 20:00 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Netherlands

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is an independent law firm, specialised in providing high-end legal advice in business transactions and commercial litigation.

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Bredin Prat - Independent French law firm in Paris and Brussels

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 November 2009, 19:45 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, France

Bredin Prat is an independent French law firm offering unique expertise in selected practice areas.

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Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 November 2009, 19:10 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Italy

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo enjoys a distinguished reputation as one of Italy's finest law firms and is one of the few Italian firms capable of offering comprehensive legal advice in all sectors of business law.

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Common rules for imports into the EU

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 19:30 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, EU Law summaries, Trade

This Regulation aims to establish common rules for imports into the European Community based on the principle of the freedom of import and to define the procedures enabling the Community to implement, where necessary, the surveillance and safeguard measures required to protect its interests.

Common rules for EU exports

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

This Regulation establishes common rules for exports from the European Community (EC) based on the principle of freedom of export and to define the procedures enabling the Community to implement, where necessary, the surveillance and protective measures required.

Ecodesign for energy-using appliances

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The EU's 'ecodesign' is a new concept aimed at reducing energy consumption by products such as household electrical appliances. Information concerning a product's environmental performance and energy efficiency must be visible if possible on the product itself, thus allowing consumers to compare before purchasing.

Greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The European Union is establishing a greenhouse gas emission trading scheme for the cost-effective reduction of such emissions in the Community. This scheme should enable the Community and the Member States to meet the commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. Installations operating in the energy sector, iron and steel production and processing, the mineral industry and the paper and board industry will automatically be subject to the emission trading scheme.

Research & Innovation: Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) - Building the Europe of Knowledge

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

At the heart of the Lisbon Strategy, research is a component of a knowledge triangle (the other two being education and innovation) meant to boost growth and employment in the European Union (EU) in the context of a global economy. The 7th Framework Programme for Research, covering the period 2007 to 2013, is an opportunity for the EU to match its research policy to its ambitions in terms of economic and social policy by consolidating the European Research Area (ERA).

Research & Innovation: Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) - Building the Europe of Knowledge

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

At the heart of the Lisbon Strategy, research is a component of a knowledge triangle (the other two being education and innovation) meant to boost growth and employment in the European Union (EU) in the context of a global economy. The 7th Framework Programme for Research, covering the period 2007 to 2013, is an opportunity for the EU to match its research policy to its ambitions in terms of economic and social policy by consolidating the European Research Area (ERA).

Co-ordinating Member States' direct tax systems

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The initiatives announced in this Communication aim to promote greater co-ordination of the Member States' direct tax systems in order to remove fiscal barriers and to eliminate discrimination and double taxation at a European Union (EU) level. The aim of co-ordinating the unharmonised direct tax systems of the Member States is to render them compatible with Community law and European Court of Justice case law. Two of the initiatives concern the specific areas of exit taxation and offsetting of cross-border losses for companies and groups.

Co-ordinating Member States' direct tax systems

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The initiatives announced in this Communication aim to promote greater co-ordination of the Member States' direct tax systems in order to remove fiscal barriers and to eliminate discrimination and double taxation at a European Union (EU) level. The aim of co-ordinating the unharmonised direct tax systems of the Member States is to render them compatible with Community law and European Court of Justice case law. Two of the initiatives concern the specific areas of exit taxation and offsetting of cross-border losses for companies and groups.

European Industrial Policy

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The European Commission is presenting a new industrial policy to create a more suitable framework for European manufacturing. Establishing a solid and dynamic industrial base contributes to the growth of the European Union and sustains its economic and technological leadership in a context of growing globalisation.

European Industrial Policy

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 30 November 2009, 20:30 CET |

The European Commission is presenting a new industrial policy to create a more suitable framework for European manufacturing. Establishing a solid and dynamic industrial base contributes to the growth of the European Union and sustains its economic and technological leadership in a context of growing globalisation.

The European Civil Service Tribunal - background guide

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 26 November 2009, 23:20 CET |

An overview of the composition, jurisdiction and procedure of the Civil Service Tribunal.

The European Court of First Instance - background guide

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 26 November 2009, 23:20 CET |

An overview of the composition, jurisdiction and procedure of the Court of First Instance.

The Court of Justice of the European Communities in the Community legal order

Posted by Ina Dimireva at 26 November 2009, 23:19 CET |

The Court of Justice of the European Communities is the judicial institution of the Community. It is made up of three courts: the Court of Justice, the Court of First Instance and the Civil Service Tribunal. Their main task is to examine the legality of Community measures and ensure the uniform interpretation and application of Community law.

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