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Free Webinar: COVID-19 & Trade Impacts Around the World

John Grayston will be a speaker on an ICPA webinar on the trade impacts of COVID-19 on 7 May 2020. For European participants the webinar will start at 18.00 CET.  

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The new EU Regulation on Foreign Direct Investment Screening

On 14 February, The European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of a framework mechanism to screen foreign direct investments (FDI) at EU level, the European Commission (EC).

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GDPR ! MOINS DE 3 MOIS ! 25 mai 2018 !

Comment se mettre en conformité au GDPR/RGPD.

1. REVOIR SES CONTRATS AVEC SES FOURNISSEURS ET PARTENAIRES.

En effet, fournisseurs et partenaires d'affaires sont inclus dans le périmètre GDPR. Il faut mettre de nouvelles clauses contractuelles prenant en compte les exigences du GDPR.

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CETA – Provisional Application as of 21st September 2017

On 15 February, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), with a following ratification from Canada on 17 May 2017. At the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, the date of 21 September has been communicated as the start of the CETA's provisional application.

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The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (今後の繁栄- prosperity ahead)

On 6 July 2017, the EU and Japan reached a general political agreement over the negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement, however the agreement is not signed yet (investment protection and regulatory cooperation are still open for negotiations).

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The CJEU’s Opinion over EU-Singapore FTA (Lost time is never found again/ The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.)

In long-awaited Opinion 2/15, the Court of Justice rendered its opinion that following matters fall within the EU shared competence:

  • Investor-to-state Dispute Settlement (ISDS),
  • The Non-direct Foreign Investment,
  • State-to-State dispute settlement relating to portfolio investment and ISDS.
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GCO Team Present at Milan Workshop on Iran Sanctions

Laura Beretta, Professor at the School of Management of Bocconi University, and Davide Rovetta will present a session concerning the regulatory risk, practical issues and compliance strategies as part of a workshop on "Investing in Iran: evaluating risks and opportunities" (in Italian), at the School of Management of Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

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The New European Customs Code: Impacts on Trade Flows Between Switzerland & the EU, 21st October 2016, Lugano, Switzerland

Laura Beretta and Davide Rovetta will highlight some of the most challenging changes introduced by the new European Union Customs Law.

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UK BREXIT – FIRST THOUGHTS

The UK referendum was a political process. The process to leave the EU is, however, framed in EU law, through the notification and negotiation procedures set out in Article 50 of the EU Treaty.

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EU - Vietnam FTA

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was published by the European Commission in February 2016 (link to agreement set out below).

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EU LAW BLOG : IRAN SANCTIONS - OFAC General Licence H

In January 2016 the US Office of Foreign Assets Control adopted an important exemption for US companies in the context of the liberalisation of sanctions with Iran. 

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EIPA Conference 3-4 December 2015

The European Institute for Public Administration (EIPA) held its annual conference to review developments in European Union Law in Luxembourg on 3-4 December 2015.

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University of Oslo Hosts Guest Lectures at the Institutes for Sea Law and European Union Law

University of Oslo on 24-27 November 2015 hosted guest lectures at the institutes for Sea Law and European Union Law.

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Conference: EU Directive on Access to Damages for Violation of Competition Law

University of Genoa hosted a conference, with support from the European Union, on the new EU Directive on access to damages for violation of competition law, which was held on 19-20 November.

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University of Tours (Francois Rabelais) Marks 800 Year Anniversary of Magna Carta

University of Tours (Francois Rabelais) marked the 800 year anniversary of Magna Carta with an interdisciplinary conference held on 12-13 November 2015. Peter Gjortler spoke on Magna Carta and links to the current Charter of the European Union, underlining common traits as well as differences in basic values and methods of regulation.

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Conference on the European Demos at the University of Deusto in Bilbao 3-4 November 2015

Peter Gjortler spoke on Democratic Legitimacy and the Court of Justice of the European Union, based on a contribution to a book published by the university in which it is argued that a balance between democratic legitimacy and judicial activism is most clearly demonstrated by the Court in its case law concerning the limits to EU competences.

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Symposium in Berlin: No Limits at the Berlin School of Economics and Law

Peter Gjortler recently addressed a Symposium entitled "No Limits at the Berlin School of Economics and Law" (HWR) on 28-29 October 2015.

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EU UPDATE: EU Sanctions Iran

The EU has adopted the legislation needed in order to complete a substantial round of relaxation of sanctions in relation to Iran.

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EU UPDATE: 21 October 2015 - John Grayston is Speaking at an Integration Point Webinar on WCO Explanatory Notes & the 2017 Update

We invite you to join Integration Point and Grayston & Company for a 60-minute educational webcast on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern/ 3:00 p.m. European Standard Time, to learn how companies are using the WCO Explanatory Notes today and how your company could benefit.

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Une négligence qui coûte 50.000 euros d’amende ! Une première !

Par un communiqué de presse du 1er octobre, le Collège de concurrence de l’Autorité belge de la concurrence informe qu’il a condamné l’entreprise vendeur « Sanoma Media Belgium N.V. » à payer 50.000 euros d’amendes pour avoir remis  à l’Auditeur, après le délai qui lui était imparti, une étude de marché après que l’auditeur ne doive communiquer ses objections concernant le projet d’acquisition, alors que cette entreprise en avait connaissance depuis au moins deux jours.

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