On Monday, a European Parliament Inquiry established to investigate the recent U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance revelations indicated that its final report would recommend suspension of the popular EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Framework.
In a series of recent rulings, the European Court of Justice overturned economic sanctions issued by the Council of the European Union (EU) on several Iranian banks and shipping lines.
The AIFMD trigger date occurred on 22 July this year, with a 12-month transitional period (TP) in place in the UK for (i) existing UK managers of AIFs (UK AIFMs), and (ii) non-EU managers of AIFs (Non-EU AIFMs) actively marketed in the UK prior to the trigger date.
As discussed in our previous post, the Regulation introduces a range of new consumer rights that, together with a phase-out of roaming charges (see our previous post), may harm industry’s short-term revenues.
On 7 October 2013, the Ministries for Justice and Home Affairs of the 28 Member States of the European Union met in Luxembourg to further discuss the draft General Data Protection Regulation that is intended to replace the current European data protection framework.
The Regulation proposes a number of measures designed to strengthen the rights of European consumers in the telecoms and Internet access markets.
EU Parliament Committee Approves Draft Regulations Overseeing the Revision of EU Medical Devices Legislation
On Wednesday 25 September 2013, the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted on two draft Regulations intended to replace the current Medical Devices Directive, the Active Implantable Medical Devices Directive, and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive.
On September 6, 2013, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding traveled to Berlin where she commented on the status of the negotiations on the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “Proposed Regulation”).
The long awaited vote by the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee, the lead European Parliament Committee overseeing the revision of EU medical devices legislation, on the European Commission’s proposals for a Regulation on medical devices and a Regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices has been delayed for a second time.
“Net neutrality” remains a controversial topic in the European Union, leading Member States to adopt different approaches and attitudes towards “net neutrality” legislation.