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European Court of Justice: Advocate General voices criticism of Polish judicial reform

  • 3 July 2019
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In a recently published opinion, Advocate General Tanchev of the ECJ expressed concerns regarding the appointment of judges to the newly established Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court. According to the opinion, the Disciplinary Chamber does not satisfy the requirements of judicial independence under EU law due to national legislative authorities playing a key role in the election of the 15 judicial members of the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ), the body playing a primary role in the appointment of judges to the Disciplinary Chamber. Read more.. (Daniel Szilágyi)

Government to nationalize research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

  • 2 June 2019
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In what seems like the final resolution of the dispute between the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the government about the future of the Academy’s research network, the government has announced its plans to unilaterally move all the research units in question under a new public institution with a 13-member governing board comprised of six government and six academy delegates and a chairman appointed by the Prime Minister. Read more... (Daniel Szilágyi)

Implications of a “no deal” Brexit for students at UK universities

  • 21 February 2019
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Following the “historic defeat” of PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal at the hands of the UK House of Commons, the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit seems higher than ever before, meaning a scenario in which the United Kingdom would leave the European Union immediately on 29 March 2019 with no agreements in place about what their relationship would be like in the future. Without further preparatory actions or commitments made by the UK government, a “no deal” Brexit would create immediate uncertainty for EU nationals in UK universities, prospective students and staff from across the EU, and for those participating in any of the Horizon 2020, Structural Funds or Erasmus+ programmes. Read more... (Daniel Szilágyi)

Limiting the ne bis in idem principle for the protection of the financial interests of the EU and the financial markets thereof

  • 20 April 2018
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In a recent set of judgments, the Court of Justice of the European Union established that the principle of ne bis in idem may be limited for the purpose of protecting the financial interests of the EU and the financial markets thereof, as long as such a limitation does not exceed what is strictly necessary to achieve these objectives. The legal principle, recognized both by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and by the European Convention on Human Rights, states that a person cannot be criminally prosecuted or punished twice for the same offence. Read more... (Dániel Szilágyi)

Good, but not enough – the U.S. trio need to do more to fully comply with EU consumer rules

  • 21 February 2018
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Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ released on February 15 their new terms of service, which are designed to better align with EU consumer protection rules. The changes have been greeted with enthusiasm in Brussels, but still fall short of fully complying with the European Union’s strict regulations. Read more... (Petra Ágnes Kanyuk)

Another step in the EDF v Commission Case – The General Court of the EU upheld the unfavourable decision for the french company

  • 1 February 2018
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Despite several decades of application, the concept of the state aid is still not well defined enough and continues to generate extended legal battles throughout the European Union. This is well illustrated by a Judgment in Case T-747/15 of the General Court of the EU released January 16, 2018, confirming that the Commission had correctly applied the state aid rules to order France to require Électricité de France (EDF) to pay back €1.37 billion. Read more... (Petra Ágnes Kanyuk)

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Uber is a transport company

  • 9 January 2018
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On 20 December 2017, the European Court of Justice has ruled that Uber is a transport services company. (The decision is a major setback for Uber, which has long insisted that it should be treated as technology service that connects drivers and riders; in other words, the Court placed itself on the side of traditional taxis. This definition will require the company to use only licensed taxi drivers, as well as meet other strict regulations linked to health and safety and background checks on drivers on its digital platform. Read more... (Petra Ágnes Kanyuk)

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