2024: The Year of Common Chargers

  • 2023/06/06
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had three or four different mobile phone chargers at home and still couldn't charge your new smartphone with any of them? Only one year from now, you can finally say goodbye to such problems, as another segment of the European Union's internal market is being harmonized: by 2024, a common charger for mobile devices and other electronic devices will finally be introduced. Read more... (Roxána Bereczki)

Attentive searchers or lazy users? - The development and types of the image of the average consumer in European Union law

  • 2023/05/30
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Nowadays the people can easily fulfil their wishes via various online platforms, websites in just a few seconds. However, in the midst of fulfilling said desires, the average consumer can easily become a victim of a scam; a topic we have already discussed in a previous article on practices commonly referred to as “dark patterns". Therefore, it is worth asking what kind of behavior should be expected from consumers in order to be able to say that they have done everything expected, and can we talk about consumer groups that need to be protected in particular? Read more... (Dominik Boros)

Greener travel for everyone - Fit for 55 proposals for the transport sector

  • 2023/05/10
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A systemic review of transport at EU level is back on the agenda. This is not surprising, as it is high time to start seriously addressing the issue of climate change and adapting our legal systems to the new situation. Climate catastrophe is no longer the future, it is the present, and even at best, it is not a temporary issue. Road transport accounts for around 20% of all energy-related emissions in Europe, so it is inevitable that this sector will have to make serious emission reductions. Read more... (Lilla Balogh)

One step forward, two steps back? – Or a brief assessment of the status of Ukraine and Moldova as EU membership candidates

  • 2023/04/20
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This blog post tries to demonstrate why the European Union (henceforth abbreviated as the EU or the Union) considers enlargement policy as a key domain these days – whether it considers it as a foreign policy or geopolitical instrument, and how this relates to Ukraine and Moldova’s candidate status. Read more... (Petra Olesnyovics)

Do I really want to buy this service?

  • 2023/03/29
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Nowadays the people can easily fulfil their wishes via various online platforms, websites just in a few seconds. But the more the technology progresses the more questions will arise whether we are able to purchase services safely or we are the victims of shady manipulation tactics which are intended to influence us and which the average consumer hasn’t got much chance to recognize on his own. Algorithms provide personalised services, and, in this context, comfort functions tailored to consumer needs. Moreover, data-driven technologies enable businesses to micro-target consumers with advertising and personalised offers, monitor competitors’ prices more easily and this comfort may give the people false sense of safety. In this essay I will talk about the importance of recognizing the dark patterns and how they are being used in the practice. Read more... (Dominik Boros)

Dynamics of employment termination – the question of the parties needs in the mirror of the rules of termination in the Hungarian Labor Code

  • 2023/03/19
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When we talk about the enforcement of our labor claims, we immediately may think about the classic ways provided in our Labor Code, such as the mutual agreement of the parties, demand for payment, or the most important way: the labor lawsuit. This short article undertakes to examine and present the question of how the ways of termination collaborate with the interest of both parties of the employment relationship, and to find its possible critical points. Read more... (Ferenc Orosz)