EU warns against proprietary software

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Union's top Internet official took aim at Microsoft Corp. on Thursday, warning that governments can accidentally lock themselves into one company's software for decades by setting it as a standard for their technology systems. EU Internet Commissioner Neelie...

EU, IMF team in Athens to review deficit progress

ATHENS Greece - (APINTL) A delegation from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union arrived in Athens Monday for an interim review of Greece's efforts to pull itself out of a major debt crisis that pushed it to the brink of default. The delegation, which will stay in Athens for the...

EU presses Israel to lift Gaza blockade

JERUSALEM - (AP) The European Union pressed Israel Monday to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it "unacceptable" while the Israeli Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism. EU members met in Luxembourg...

Telefonica awaits EU ruling on Portugal Telecom

LISBON, Portugal - (AP) Telefonica has extended to July 16 its (EURO)7.15 billion ($8.81 billion) offer for Portugal Telecom's stake in Brazil's leading cell phone company Vivo, apparently hoping that an EU court will clear the deal. PT shareholders voted Wednesday to accept Telefonica's...

The New Europe: The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty

The new pamphlet "The New Europe: The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty" provides an overview of the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the transformation of the European Union into a cohesive geopolitical entity. Written by Prof. John J.A. Burke, long-time reviser of the European Union Law Digest...

Geely wins EU antitrust approval to buy Volvo Cars

BRUSSELS - (AP) European Union regulators on Tuesday approved Chinese carmaker Geely to buy Sweden's iconic Volvo Cars. The European Commission said it sees no antitrust problems with Zhejiang Geely Holding Co.'s $1.8 billion acquisition of Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Co. because the takeover...

Nearly all EU energy may be renewable by 2050

BRUSSELS - (AP) Environmental campaigners Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council say almost all the European Union's energy could come from renewable sources by 2050. They say a Thursday study they commissioned from the German Aerospace Center shows that the 27-nation bloc could...

EU seeks to double deposit insurance limit

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Commission proposed Monday to double protection for bank account holders across the 27 EU nations guaranteeing them a maximum payout of (EURO)100,000 ($125,700), paid within seven days if their banks fold. It also proposed more compensation for investors to a maximum of...

EU clears BA-Iberia merger, alliance with American

BRUSSELS - (AP) British Airways and Iberia on Wednesday won the European Union's regulatory approval to merge and to team up with American Airlines to share more of their lucrative trans-Atlantic routes. The companies say the two deals will help them cut costs and survive a tough business climate...

EU suggests ban on new deepwater drilling

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Union's top energy official on Wednesday suggested banning any new deep-water oil and gas exploration projects in the North Sea, Black Sea and the Mediterranean while regulators examine safety risks. The U.S. banned offshore drilling in April in the wake of the Gulf...

EU, BAT cooperate against illegal cigarette trade

BRUSSELS - (AP) The European Commission and British American Tobacco Plc. announced Thursday they will cooperate to curb the trade of illegal cigarettes, which costs EU governments (EURO)10 billion in lost revenues annually. BAT, the world's second largest tobacco company, will work with the EU...

Information Exchanges Under EU Competition Law: Heading For Regulatory Overload

by Frank L. Fine Until recently, there have been only isolated instances in which information exchanges were caught by the European Commission pursuant to Article 101(1) of the TFEU in the absence of a wider cartel. There is now a wider array of information which, when exchanged, may fall within...

EU court exempts Inuit hunters from seal ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium - (AP) The European Union's high court temporarily exempted Inuit hunters in Canada and Greenland on Friday from the bloc's new trade ban on seal products, while asking European Parliament and EU governments to justify the ban. Indigenous people had argued their livelihoods...

Free Download: Excerpt-European Competition Laws: Denmark

Until October 1, 2000, competition law in Denmark was based on the Competition Act of 1997, which entered into force on January 1, 1998. At the time that it was enacted, the Act represented a significant change in Danish competition law because it brought the national law into conformity with the...

U.S. and EU Restrictions on Doing Business with Iran

by Mark D. Herlach, Beverly J. Rudy, Christer L. Mossberg, Matthew L. Hazlett, Leanne Sobel, Christina J. Galus and Inna Zaltsman In recent months, there have been major developments regarding the economic sanctions imposed on Iran. In an effort to pressure the Iranian regime and delay the progress...

Dr. Frank L. Fine Discusses Information Exchanges Under EU Competition Law: Heading For Regulatory Overload

On this edition, Dr. Frank Fine, Director of EC Competition Law Advocates in Brussels, discusses the effect on companies that run afoul of EU rules on information exchanges. He discusses the type of information exchanges addressed by the European Commission's Horizontal Guidelines and how the new...

European Union Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis European Union Law Toolbox ! This toolbox is your portal to discover all the research resources and analysis from across our organization that LexisNexis can put at your command. You will find here our premiere analytical content from Matthew Bender, LN Butterworths UK, LexisNexis...

Western European Laws Toolbox

Western European Laws Toolbox Welcome to our Western European Laws Toolbox, our collection of laws and legal analysis for the nations of this important region. Please note that nations with an asterisk after their name are also members of the European Union and that you will want to visit our EU...

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Data on Approved and Passported Prospectuses

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published data on the amount of approved, sent and received prospectuses throughout the EU between 1 Jul 10-31st Dec 10. The last data (CESR/07-225) collected was between the period 1st July 05-30 June 06. However, to draw some analysis the data...

Greenberg Traurig European VAT, Customs and Trade Alert

View Media Attachment By: Erik de Bie | Martin Ouwehand | Erik Zietse European Court of Justice rules on classification of set-top box and overrules Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature On April 14, the European Court of Justice ( ECJ) provided its judgment in joined cases C-288...

Beware if You Sell Online Products or Services to EU Residents: New EU Rules on Website Cookies and Data Breaches are in Effect

View Media By: Heidi Salow | Erik Vollebregt In November 2009, the European Parliament amended the 2003 Privacy and Electronic Communications ("e-Privacy") Directive. These revisions have caused considerable uncertainty about the obligations of companies that engage in e-commerce...

Fulbright Alert : The United States Imposes Significant New Sanctions Against Syria; European Union May Soon Follow Suit

By Stephen M. McNabb , Marsha Z. Gerber , Stefan Reisinger and Gwen Shirl Green President Barack Obama yesterday signed an Executive Order imposing significant new sanctions against Syria that will vastly curtail the ability of U.S. companies to conduct any business in, or provide services to...

Participation Rights of Shareholders in Spanish Listed Companies

by Alicia Sánchez On 1 August 2011, Spain amended its companies law (Ley de Sociedades de Capital) to accord with European Union law. EU Directives aim to strengthen shareholder's rights in listed companies and to ensure cross border participation rights among EU countries. By transposing...

Cheap Shots: EU Privacy, the USA PATRIOT Act, and Cloud Computing

For the past year or two, foreign cloud providers -- particularly some based in the EU -- have been making claims and insinuations about the scope and use of the Patriot Act in an attempt to secure a marketing advantage over their US competitors. This effort has become so blatant as to provoke push...

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