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The European Parliament plenary adopted on 5 July 2018 the LIBE Committee’s Motion for Resolution on the EU-US Privacy Shield (‘Privacy Shield) indicating the general Parliament’s position towards its functioning. The non-binding resolution calls for the suspension of the Privacy Shield unless the US demonstrates compliance with its requirements by 1 September 2018.  As per our previous post, the European Parliament considers that the personal data protection provided by the Privacy Shield is not adequate. …
On Wednesday 25 April, the EU Commission unveiled a new strategy to boost Europe’s capabilities and related industries around artificial intelligence. As you know, this is a “hot topic” that has the potential to affect many businesses and sectors across Europe and beyond. Many of our clients are very interested in this technology development (and its implications) and we are well placed to advise clients on related legal, regulatory and policy challenges. Our US colleagues…
On 25 April 2018, the European Commission (EC) issued a Communication on enabling the digital transformation of healthcare, outlining the European Union’s (EU) priorities and actions towards digital health. The EU’s plan focuses on the following core priorities: Ensuring citizens’ access to their health data and introducing the possibility to share their data across borders; Promoting the usage of larger data sets to enable more personalized diagnoses and medical treatment, and better anticipate epidemics; Promoting…
On 8 March 2018, the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited new FinTech Action Plan. The EC understands FinTech to be technology-enabled innovation in financial services, and the strategy covers developments related to new technologies which are changing the financial industry and the way consumers and firms access services. At the same time, the action plan also covers related challenges, such as cyber threats, and proposes the assessment of innovative technologies, such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies…
On 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, announced during his State of the Union address the intention to propose new legislative measures that will boost the cybersecurity resilience within the EU. Following the President’s speech, the European Commission published the following initiatives: a proposal for a Cybersecurity Act Regulation and Annex establishing an “EU Cybersecurity Agency”; an implementation toolkit for the Network and Information Security Directive; and a report
On 13 September 2017, in the context of the Digital Single Market Initiative, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued a draft proposal to regulate the framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the EU (“draft proposal”). The highly anticipated draft proposal aims at establishing a framework of free cross-border data flow within the EU. In an attempt to build a European data economy, the draft proposal seeks to create a competitive market for data…
Today, April 3, 2017, the European Council took the last procedural step and approved the EU conflict minerals regulation. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next and final step of the process. The publication could occur in 3 to 6 weeks.  Here is the text of the official EU Conflict Minerals Regulation. As discussed in our blog post of March 20, 2017, the EU regulation applies to importers into…
The proposed EU conflict minerals regulation has almost reached the last step before becoming an official EU regulation. On March 16, 2017, the European Parliament voted to approve the regulation, and the Council of the EU is expected to formally approve it in the weeks to come.  The Council’s vote will be the last step before the regulation is published and goes into effect.  The proposed regulation includes many of the same basic provisions as…
Council adopts EU rules on Medical Devices On March 7 2017, the Council of the EU adopted rules which would be contributing to the safety of medical devices in the EU. These rules comprise of two proposals, a Regulation on Medical Devices and a Regulation on Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. The adopted rules will give manufacturers the opportunity to improve any devices on a continuous basis, as well as to implement fast and effective measures…
European Parliament approves the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) The European Parliament’s plenary approved on February 15 2017 the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), concluding the ratification process of this deal in the EU. Once the agreement is also ratified by the Canadian side, it will enter into force provisionally. CETA will be fully implemented when EU Member States’ national Parliaments also ratify the deal. Emissions Trading Reform On…