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Trade Secrets Directive Adopted by the European Council

by Reed Smith on

Almost three years after its initial proposal, the Trade Secrets Directive has been formally adopted by the European Council and published in the Official Journal on 15 June (2016/943/EU). Member states will have until 9 June...more

EU Council Agrees on Final Anti Tax Avoidance Directive

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

We wrote in February (European Commission Publishes Anti Tax Avoidance Package) about the draft EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive (“ATAD”). On 21st June 2016, the EU Council agreed on the final text of the ATAD and it will...more

The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

by Reed Smith on

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

European Parliament Adopts Final Text of Benchmark Regulation

On May 3, 2016, the Council of the EU published the text of the proposed Regulation on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of investment funds (Benchmark...more

Council adopts PSD2

by Dentons on

The Council has adopted the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) as published in October (see FReD 23 October). PSD2 adapts the rules to cater for emerging and innovative payment services, including internet and mobile...more

Council asks COREPER to agree PSD2

by Dentons on

The Council has published a note from the General Secretariat to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) relating to the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). It asks COREPER to confirm its agreement and to...more

Council releases CMU conclusions

by Dentons on

The Council has released its conclusions on the Commission’s action plan for building a capital markets union (CMU) (see FReD 2 October). It stresses the importance of preserving momentum and calls for swift adoption of the...more

Council publishes first Securitisation Regulation compromise

by Dentons on

The Council has published the first compromise proposal on the proposed Securitisation Regulation announced as part of the CMU action plan (see FReD 2 October)....more

Council agrees bridge finance for single resolution fund

by Dentons on

The Council has debated the following issues during its meeting on economic and financial affairs: - welcoming the Commission’s proposals for a CMU...more

Adoption Day Marks Start of Preparations for Iran Sanctions Relief

by White & Case LLP on

October 18, 2015 marked the starting point for official preparations for the expected lifting of sanctions against Iran under the recently agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, termed “Adoption Day,”...more

EU Data Protection Reforms: ICO Critiques Council Draft Regulation Over Consent, Access Rights, EU v. Member State Balance of...

by Reed Smith on

With the EU Data Protection “reform train” rounding what is hopefully the final bend towards the summit of consensus, the UK ICO have published their latest analysis on the Council’s draft EU Data Protection Regulation. The...more

EU Data Protection Regulation – Did you know there’s an app for that?

As EU data protection watchers know, the draft General Data Protection Regulation (which has been around long enough to be universally referred to by its acronym, GDPR) exists in three major versions, with a fourth version...more

AIFMD: ESMA Recommends the First Wave of Non-EU Countries to Obtain a Europe-Wide Marketing Passport

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 30, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) released its advice to the European Parliament, Council of the European Union and the European Commission on the application of the passport to non-EU...more

Implications of the Iran Accord for the Maritime Industry

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 14, 2015, the U.S., France, China, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union (EU) entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran after years of difficult negotiations. Iran agreed...more

EU Data Privacy Updates

A brief rundown of developments in recent weeks in the area of EU data protection law: - EU Data Protection Regulation - On Monday, June 15, the EU Council (comprised, for purposes of data protection reform, of...more

EU Reaches Milestone Towards the Adoption of Revised Data Protection Framework

On June 15, 2015, the Ministers of Justice of all 28 European Union member states, sitting as the Council of the EU (Council), reached a crucial agreement for the future EU data protection legal framework. Much work still...more

Presidency of the Council of Ministers publishes amendments to 'one stop shop' of the draft EU Data Protection Regulation

by Reed Smith on

In October 2013, we reported on the move towards a ‘One Stop Shop’ (OSS) approach to EU Data Protection. The OSS principle aims to create consistency for international organisations to process personal data in multiple...more

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