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European Union: Reform Treaty

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 26, 2007, the European Union agreed on the text of the Reform Treaty, otherwise known as the Lisbon Treaty, which replaces the EU Constitution rejected in 2005 by France and the Netherlands. The treaty will be formally signed by the 27 EU Member States in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 13, […]

European Union: Proposal for a “Blue Card” for Skilled Immigrants

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the European Commission's estimates, the European Union will experience labor shortages that will reach their peak by 2050. Around that time, 25 million Europeans will reach retirement age and approximately one-third of the population will be over 65 years of age. As the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini indicated, […]

European Union; Macedonia: Membership Talks

(Nov. 2, 2007) On November 7, 2007, the European Commission published the Enlargement Package. It includes the Commission's annual strategy document on future enlargement and a summary of the progress made by each candidate. Current candidates include Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), and Turkey. The Package will also include the 2007 progress […]

European Union; Montenegro: Aim of 2008 Membership Application

(Nov. 2, 2007) Montenegro, in its quest to join the European Union and following the examples of other western Balkan countries, took the initial step towards becoming a full Member by signing a stabilization and association agreement with the EU on October 15, 2007. After the signing of the Agreement, the Prime Minister of Montenegro […]

European Union: Mandatory Retirement Age

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, in a case involving an appeal by a Spanish manager who had filed a suit against his employer for forcing him to retire at the age of 65, the European Court of Justice held that the governments of the Member States of the European Union have the discretion […]

European Union: New Anti-Terrorist Measures

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 4, 2007, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Franco Frattini, announced that the European Commission intends to unveil a package of measures to combat terrorism and terrorist organizations. A new initiative, modeled after similar U.S. requirements, calls for checking the personal data of air passengers coming from third countries to […]

European Union: Introduction of Settlement Procedure for Cartels

(Nov. 2, 2007) The European Commission has recently proposed two legislative measures that call for settlement of cartel cases in which the parties involved admit their involvement in the cartel and liability but also agree to follow an expedited and simplified procedure. The two measures consist of a Regulation and a Commission Notice. Under the […]