Tag Archives: European Union

Brexit – Squaring Circle and involving European Court of Justice

Clash of Philosophies There is a potentially irreconcilable clash of constitutional philosophies between the UK and the EU which results in certain “no go” areas on the EU side for the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Perspective of the EU27 The EU27’s approach is driven by the perception that the European Union is not merely representative of …

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Brexit Bull Horn

European Union Adopts Brexit Negotiation Guidelines

On April 29, a Special European Council, meeting as 27 member states (as opposed to the full 28 member states, as would usually be present), adopted the Article 50 guidelines (Guidelines) to formally define the EU’s position in Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. This follows the resolution of the European Parliament on key principles …

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Swiss Privacy Shield

Agreement Reached on New EU-U.S. Safe Harbor: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 2nd, 2016, the European Commission and U.S. Government reached political agreement on the new framework for transatlantic data flows.  The new framework – the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – succeeds the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework (for more on the Court of Justice of the European Union decision in the Schrems case declaring the Safe Harbor …

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Pharmaceutical Issues

New Draft EMA-Guideline On Clinical Development Of Fixed Combination Medicines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recently published for public consultation its draft guideline on clinical development of fixed combination medicinal products (Draft Guideline), which is intended to replace CHMP/EWP/240/95 Rev. 1 (Existing Guideline).  The Draft Guideline applies to fixed combination medicinal products containing two or more active substances within a single pharmaceutical form.  The …

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European Union’s New Regulation to Attach Bank Accounts Pre and Post Judgment

Applicable as of January 18, 2017, a recently adopted European regulation facilitates cross-border debt recovery by enabling creditors to obtain a “European Account Preservation Order” (the “EAPO”) given by one judge in a member state and attach a debtor’s bank accounts in another EU member state without further court proceeding. The EAPO will enable creditors …

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EU Sanctions And The International Oil And Gas Industry

The international oil and gas industry is continuously tasked with adapting to an ever evolving sanction-regulated environment. The level of sanction activity and implementation in recent years has been unprecedented, partly as a result of the political events which gave rise to the Arab Spring and the opposition to Iran’s nuclear programme. The recent crisis …

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Dealing with Personal Information at the Water’s Edge… Re: U.S. Safe Harbor Program

  Privacy and data security issues and concerns do not stop at the water’s edge. Companies needing to share personal information, even when the sharing will take place inside the same “company,” frequently run into challenges when that sharing takes place across national borders. In some ways, the obstacles created by the matrix of federal …

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A Giant Leap: EU-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Negotiations to Be Launched Formally

  Negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty between the European Union and China are expected to be formally launched during the EU-China Summit next week. Though the launch would be just the first step in a long negotiation process, it would also be a giant leap for upgrading the investment relationship between the EU and …

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