Law & Justice

  • EU Investigates McDonald's Tax Avoidance

    May 06, 2015

    The Guardian reports that as part of its inquiries into the legality of the operations of a number of U.S. businesses in Europe, the European Commission is investigating whether McDonald's exploited loopholes in Luxembourg law in order to avoid paying taxes.

  • Officials Call for Establishment of EU Public Prosecutor

    April 29, 2015

    Two European Commissioners and a Member of the European Parliament write that the EU should establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office, which would investigate and prosecute the misuse - through fraud, corruption, and other criminal activity - of the EU budget.

  • Commission Proposes European Agenda on Security

    April 28, 2015

    In recent remarks, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans pushed for the adoption of the Commission's proposed European Agenda on Security, which would ramp up security coordination among EU member states and develop more data-sharing and judicial cooperation in the EU.

  • EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Google

    April 15, 2015

    According to an article in The New York Times, the recent decision of the European Commission to file an antitrust complaint against internet technology company Google may be "emblematic" of the EU's more restrictive regulatory climate regarding business and technology as compared to the U.S.

  • EU Official Finds Leeway in Denial of Benefits to Migrants

    April 09, 2015

    In an opinion that must be considered by the Court of Justice of the EU ("ECJ"), an Advocate General of the ECJ recently found that an EU member state may deny benefits to migrants under EU law if these migrants have not previously been employed in that state.

  • EU Releases 2015 Justice Scoreboard

    March 11, 2015

    The European Commission has published the 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard, which monitors the quality, efficiency, and independence of member states' justice systems as a basis for recommendations for improvement.

  • EU Court Upholds Decision to Block Securities Exchange Merger

    March 11, 2015

    Reuters reports that the General Court of the EU has upheld the European Commission's decision to block the merger of securities exchange operators NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse AG, setting up a potential appeal by Deutsche Börse to the EU's Court of Justice.

  • ECJ Requires Company to Pay for Pacemaker Replacements

    March 11, 2015

    Med Device Online reports that in light of the finding that some of its pacemakers from a certain product line were faulty, the Court of Justice of the EU is requiring the medical company Boston Scientific to pay for each surgery in Germany to replace these devices, even though not all were found to be faulty.

  • Report Finds EU Influences Nearly Two-Thirds of U.K. Law

    March 04, 2015

    A new study from the nongovernmental organization Business for Britain has found that approximately 65% of U.K. laws are related to regulations and directives passed by the EU.

  • New EU Commission Adopts Rule of Law Framework

    February 20, 2015

    First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans has announced that the Commission will monitor threats to the rule of law and fundamental rights from the EU member states using the centralized "rule of law framework" announced under the previous Commission in 2014.

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