Law & Justice

  • EU Plans Clampdown on Supermarket Pricing Practices

    November 15, 2017

    Politico reports that European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has announced plans to curtail the "super power" of supermarkets in EU member states in setting the prices and terms of deals for farm products by drafting legislation that would regulate supermarket pricing practices at the EU level.

  • EU Creates Europe-wide Public Prosecutor

    November 14, 2017

    EurActiv reports that the European Parliament has approved the creation of a European Public Prosecutors Office that will coordinate national and EU law enforcement efforts to prevent EU budget fraud and will have the authority to arrest suspects and seize assets, as some officials in the EU are already calling for the expansion of the office's powers to prevent terrorism.

  • EC: Luxembourg Must Collect Amazon "Back Taxes"

    November 14, 2017

    In October, the European Commission (EC) ordered the Luxembourg government to collect approximately $295 million in back taxes from tech giant Amazon after finding that the company benefited from tax advantages in the country in violation of EU state aid rules.

  • EC Advances Legal Complaint over Hungarian NGO Law

    November 14, 2017

    In October, the European Commission (EC) advanced its legal proceedings against Hungary over the country's new registration and reporting requirements for foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by issuing a "reasoned opinion" asserting that these requirements violate EU laws concerning the free movement of capital and the right to privacy.

  • EC Takes Ireland to Court over Apple Taxes

    November 13, 2017

    In October, the European Commission (EC) announced plans to take Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to recover approximately $15 billion in back taxes EU officials say technology company Apple owes the country.

  • EU Official Seeks De-funding of Rule-of-Law Violators

    November 08, 2017

    EUobserver reports that, in a statement last week, European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova called for EU institutions to develop "stronger conditionality between the rule of law and the cohesion funds" used to finance projects in developing EU member states such as Poland and Hungary.

  • EU Official Defends Use of Force in Catalonia

    November 08, 2017

    Politico reports that, in a recent European Parliament debate, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans defended the "proportionate use of force" by Spanish authorities to prevent Catalonians from voting in an independence referendum he said violated the country's law.

  • EC Pushes Broad Plan on Migration, Asylum

    October 25, 2017

    The European Commission (EC) recently announced the "next steps" in its overarching plan to develop "a stronger, fairer and more effective EU migration and asylum policy," including a new resettlement plan for 50,000 asylum seekers and expanded pressure on EU member states to streamline their migrant return policies.

  • Former Judge: ECJ Can Strike down Brexit Deal

    October 18, 2017

    The Daily Express reports that Sir Konrad Schiemann, former UK Judge on the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), has testified before the UK Parliament's Brexit Committee that the ECJ could reject a Brexit deal agreed between Britain and the EU, particularly one that bypasses the ECJ in resolving UK-EU legal disputes.

  • EU Guidelines Aim to Curb Food Quality Variance

    October 18, 2017

    The European Commission released a set of guidelines to help national governments apply EU food and commercial laws to prevent companies from selling food products in different EU countries that look identical but diverge in quality.

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