Finance & Trade

  • EU Adopts New SCCs For Transfers of Personal Data

    July 14, 2021

    The European Commission adopted a new set of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for transfers of personal data from the EU to the U.S. or other countries that are not deemed to ensure adequate protection for personal data taking into consideration the July 2020 judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Schrems II that declared the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework for data transfers invalid.

  • First News: Polish PM hails potential of Three Seas Initiative

    July 05, 2021

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has praised the Three Seas Initiative, a project to enhance infrastructure between the countries lying between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic seas, noting the importance is due not only the shared common history of the 12 countries in the region but also their geopolitical location.

  • EU Adopts New Standards for International Data Transfers

    June 30, 2021

    The European Commission (EC) published its final Implementing Decision adopting new Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) for the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), creating new steps to be followed by Businesses and organizations that collect, process, or otherwise handle any EEA personal data.

  • EU Summit Exposes Clash of Views on Russia

    June 28, 2021

    Politico reports that lines were clearly drawn between EU Countries on the subject of Russia this past weekend during the EU’s Summit, as French President Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new Russia policy which was rebuffed by leaders of Central and Eastern European Nations.

  • TownHall: How the EU Could Force America into the ‘Great Reset’

    June 22, 2021

    The Great Reset’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards that were once considered voluntary, are now becoming mandatory and due to a provision in a recent European Union (EU) resolution that requiring EU companies to adopt ESG metrics, essentially every U.S. company working with the EU must comply as well.

  • France Plans to Revive the Use of the French Language during EU Presidency

    June 09, 2021

    France will take over the EU’s rotating Council presidency this year and the French government is making plans to use the occasion to revive the use of the french language including earmarking money to offer more French classes to EU civil servants,  potential French-language debates, and key meetings of the Council conducted in French.

  • Europe gives U.S. Ultimatum for Data-Transfer Deal

    June 02, 2021

    European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová has stated that the United States must pass new legislation to limit how its national security agencies access Europeans' data if Washington and Brussels are to discuss a new deal on transferring people's digital information across the Atlantic.

  • Italy Fines Google $123 million for Blocking an App from Android Auto

    May 17, 2021

    Italy's competition regulator has ordered Google to pay over €100 million ($123 million) for abuse of its dominant position, citing that Google has shut out an electric vehicle recharging app from its Android Auto infotainment platform for cars for over two years.

  • VOA: EU Suspends China Trade Deal over Human Rights Concerns

    May 12, 2021

    EU Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis announced that efforts to get the trade deal with China ratified by lawmakers in the European Parliament has been halted, citing that the EU sanctions against China and the Chinese counter-sanctions create an environment that is not conducive to the ratification of the agreement.

  • Politico: How will the EU Repay the Recovery Fund?

    May 04, 2021

    Following the €750 billion recovery fund EU leaders passed last July, discussions of repayment were limited, until recently, as the European Commission readies a proposal to raise at least three new levies at the EU level, including a digital tax, to repay the hundreds of billions over the next three decades.

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