EU Own Resources
The EU institutions have agreed to create new own resources to reimburse the Next Generation EU plan. This plan is a temporary instrument created during the COVID-19 crisis to promote the economy’s recovery but also to reconstruct a greener, more resilient and more digital Europe.
Europe’s Fit for 55 Strategy
Among the current European Commission’s goals, one is to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2050, becoming the first climate neutral continent. This commitment has also been reinforced at the international level, with the EU revision of the “nationally determined contribution” to the Paris Agreement in December 2020.
Introducing the Unified Patent Court
The Unified Patent Court will soon become operative, and its arrival may arguably present stakeholders with one of the most significant patent reforms in the European Union. This development is also coupled with the introduction of a Unitary Patent Right, making this patent package all the more substantial.
Engaging with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU
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The Notification Procedure to the European Commission: an opportunity for any company operating within the Internal Market
The notification procedure of national technical regulations to the European Commission might be one of the most understated pieces of legislation at both domestic and European levels. Even if this process is not well known by most, it is gaining more and more relevance in some sectors, such as digital issues. How does it work and why is it important?
The German Federal Legislative Elections 2021 – What you need to know
On 26 September 2021, German citizens will elect the members and political parties to be represented in the German Federal Assembly (Bundestag), the German Parliament’s lower chamber. Members of the Bundestag are elected for a four-year term and their most important tasks are to elect the Federal Chancellor, legislate and to control the government.
The European financing of the French recovery plan
On August 19, the European Commission allocated 5.1 billion euros to France as a first disbursement to finance part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). The NRRP aims to achieve three main priority objectives: greening the economy, making the productive system more competitive, and strengthening social and territorial cohesion.
The Taxonomy Regulation: a step further towards the EU Green Transition?
The European Commission created the sustainable finance legislative package to make companies accountable for their investments and orient these towards more environmentally and sustainable economic activities. The objective of sustainable finance is encompassed within the European Green Deal.
The European Framework for Design Rights
Design rights protecting the appearance of a product are covered in the European Union as a distinct form of intellectual property. The current framework consists of a Directive (98/71/EC), harmonising registration of designs across the EU, and a Regulation (6/2002), which creates a unitary design right. Both of these are up for review in 2021 and could have important ramifications for business and the future of design protection in the EU.
The New Agenda for the Mediterranean and Its Green Policies
The ambition of a stronger Europe in the world lies at the heart of the European Commission’ six priorities for the European Union from 2019 to 2024. The objective of the EU is to play a greater, more united and more proactive role within the international sphere to defend the principle of ruled-based multilateralism.