Curated legal commentary on issues facing the European Union, a politico-economic union of 28 member states located primarily in Europe.

The European Commission has published an important notice warning of the consequences that Brexit will have in the field of industrial products, which are subject to CE Marking requirements when placed on the European Union (EU) market. For those products, the European Commission confirmed that to demonstrate compliance with CE Marking requirements for products placed on the EU market from Brexit day on 19 March  2019, “economic operators are advised to take the necessary steps to ensure that, where the applicable conformity assessment procedures require the intervention of a Notified Body, they will hold certificates issued by an EU-27 Notified Body”. View Full Post
By Dr. Dr. Adem Koyuncu, Covington & Burling LLP In the EU, drug companies are not allowed to publicly promote prescription-only medicines. As courts also apply a broad interpretation of the term “promotional”, nearly all public statements that mention a prescription drug are likely to be qualified as illegal advertising. View Full Post
On 4 January 2018, the European Commission published a draft implementing regulation laying down rules for the application of Article 26(3) of Regulation (EU) N° 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers (“FIC”), as regards the rules for indicating the country of origin or place of provenance of the primary ingredient of a food where different to that given for that food (hereafter “Draft Implementing Regulation”). View Full Post
Frequently Asked Questions for EEA Staff and Their Family Members Following the joint report published by the EU and the UK government on 8 December 2017 relating to progress during phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations, we have updated our FAQ document for EEA nationals in the UK. This can be forwarded directly to your affected staff and is intended to answer their most immediate questions on Brexit. View Full Post
UK Supreme Court Judgment Shows Relationship Between National Courts and the European Court of Justice The UK Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the long-running Littlewoods VAT case. The facts are seemingly straightforward and achingly dull. Between 1973 and 2004, Littlewoods overpaid VAT to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in respect of commissions paid to its agents who distributed mail-order catalogues (common in the pre-online age). View Full Post
Theresa May has today sent an email to EU citizens with the intention of demonstrating that their rights are her ‘first priority’. It doesn’t tell us much more than we knew from the Brexit negotiations at the end of September. Since the referendum, the UK Government has issued various assurances about EU citizens’ future in the UK (largely with little substance) alongside regular allegations and denials of their treatment as ‘bargaining chips’. View Full Post