community law

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The Juncker Commission’s ten priorities: State of play at the start of 2017

Written by Étienne Bassot and Wolfgang Hiller, More than two years since Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker took office on 1 November 2014, having presented the ten priority areas that would serve as his Commission’s guiding lines for the following five years, the European Commission is now approaching the midway point of its mandate. Building on the … Continue reading

The European Commission’s right to withdraw a legislative proposal

Written by Eva Poptcheva On 14 April 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered a judgment on the power of the Commission to withdraw a legislative proposal during the legislative procedure. The Court confirmed, for the first time, that the right of the Commission to withdraw legislative proposals is inseparable from its … Continue reading

The European Investigation Order

6 language versions available in PDF format Die Europäische Ermittlungsanordnung El exhorto europeo de investigación Décision d’enquête européenne L’ordine europeo d’indagine Europejski nakaz dochodzeniowy The European Investigation Order The proposed directive on the European Investigation Order is aimed at setting up a comprehensive system for obtaining evidence in criminal cases with a cross-border dimension. Whereas … Continue reading

Trademark reform package

For more than 15 years there has been a dual system of trademark (TM) law in Europe: an EU-wide Community TM (CTM), and harmonised national TMs. The Commission proposal aims at more harmonisation and coordination, but does not address TM-related concerns over free expression. Background The current EU legal framework on TMs encompasses the TM … Continue reading

Breach of EU values by a Member State

The European Union is founded on values common to all Member States (MS). These are supposed to ensure a level of homogeneity among MS, while respecting their national identities, so facilitating the development of a European identity and the integration process. Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides mechanisms to enforce EU … Continue reading

The unitary patent

6 language versions available in PDF format Das einheitliche Patent La patente unitaria Le brevet unitaire Il brevetto unitario Jednolity system ochrony patentowej The unitary patent Harmonising patent law in Europe has been a constant goal since the 1960s. However significant challenges, particularly relating to languages and litigation of patent cases, have repeatedly blocked attempts. … Continue reading

A Statute for European Foundations

Public-benefit foundations play an important role in many facets of society across the EU as well as having significant economic value. They have grown in number considerably in recent years, with many wishing to maximise private-sector support through operating in more than one Member State. Differences in legal and fiscal practices and a heavy administrative … Continue reading

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