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European Union: Commission Proposes New Standards Regulating Use of Civil Drones

(Apr. 30, 2014) On April 4, 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “A New Era for Aviation, Opening the Aviation Market to the Civil Use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in a Safe and Sustainable Manner” (European Commission, COM (2014) 207 final, EUROPA (Apr. 8, 2014)). The Communication constitutes the Commission’s first step […]

European Union: Adoption of the Revised Tobacco Directive

(Apr. 24, 2014) On March 14, 2014, the Council of the European Union endorsed the draft Tobacco Products Directive, following the Parliament’s approval of the proposal in February 2014. The Parliament and the Council were instrumental in urging the Commission to update the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive due to gaps and inefficiencies in that Directive. […]

European Union: New Regulation on Clinical Trials

(Apr. 17, 2014) On April 14, 2014, a new regulation on the authorization of clinical trials was adopted at the European Union level by the Council of the EU. The European Parliament approved the regulation in December 2013. (Press Release, Council of the European Union, Council Adopts New Rules on Clinical Trials, CONSILIUM [Council of […]

European Union: Parliament Endorses Stricter Rules on Personal Data Protection

(Mar. 28, 2014) On March 12, 2014, the European Parliament voted on a first reading of a major reform of European Union legislation on personal data protection, which had been proposed by the European Commission in 2012. The proposal consists of two major legislative pieces: a) a comprehensive Regulation that will replace the outdated 1995/43/EC […]

European Union: Proposal to Prohibit Proprietary Trading by Banks

(Feb. 4, 2014) On January 29, 2014, the European Commission adopted a proposal to prohibit proprietary trading by banks, that is, trading by a bank on its own account in order to make a profit for the bank. If adopted, the legislation would ban banks from investing their own funds rather than those of their […]

European Union: New Recommendations to Prevent Radicalization

(Jan. 29, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the European Commission adopted a new communication designed to improve the European Union’s (EU) response to terrorist attacks by minimizing radicalization and thus reducing the risk of violent extremist acts and strengthening the measures undertaken by the Member States. (Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the […]

European Union: New Measures Adopted on Shale Gas Initiative

(Jan. 29, 2014) In January 2014, the European Commission put forward three measures to tackle the issue of hydrocarbon extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing. The Commission’s initiative was in response to calls for action raised by interested parties, the related industries, the public, and local and national authorities in a public consultation initiated by […]

European Union: New Rules on the Generalized System of Preferences

(Jan. 16, 2014) On January 1, 2015, a revised Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) came into force in the European Union. The GSP, originally established in 1971, basically determines which countries will pay less or no duty when exporting their products to the EU. (European Commission, Memo, Revised EU Trade Scheme to Help Developing Countries […]

European Union: New Rules Proposed to Fight Tax Evasion

(Dec. 13, 2013) Tax evasion is a serious issue across the European Union; the European Commission estimates that the EU Member States lose close to one trillion euros in revenues annually due to tax evasion and tax avoidance. On November 25, 2013, in an effort to combat this problem, the Commission adopted a proposal to […]

European Union: New Proposed Rules on Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 28, 2013, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use, and disclosure. Trade secrets, otherwise known as “confidential business information” or “undisclosed information,” are used by a large number of companies to […]