May 2016

  • Risk in EU legislation: The snake inside or outside the box

    Although risk and hazard are sometimes used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different: anything that can cause harm represents a hazard, whereas risk describes the chance of harm being done – in terms of both the likelihood of harm, and the extent of that harm. To understand this difference is crucial when regulating potentially harmful substances.…

  • The new kids on the block in plant breeding

    You probably haven’t heard of them – unless you’re a plant breeding researcher, an anti-GMO activist or work in the seed industry – but they’re the new kids on the block desperately trying to fit in. They’re collectively called new (plant) breeding techniques (NBTs) which is just a technical name introduced by the European Commission.[i]…

  • Are EU merger review thresholds falling behind the times?

    EU Merger Control has clear rules on when a merger of two companies needs to be examined by the EU competition authority. The idea is two-fold: give legal certainty to companies and ensure that all potentially harmful merger projects are actually reviewed by a responsible competition authority. The current rule book developed from EU antitrust…

  • The State of the EU’s Digital Single Market Project

    One year ago the European Commission came out with its plans for finalising the EU’s Digital Single Market by 2019 – and then went back to the drawing board to figure out the details. As the rhythm of concrete proposals is finally picking up, with a whole set of additional proposals due in a couple…

  • Telecoms Review – Back to the Future

    In our snapshot of July 2015, we recommended that industry players and investors, no matter where they were based, should be ready and prepared to engage with EU policymakers for the forthcoming telecoms reform package. Future proposals could have far reaching consequences for industry, consumers and internet companies operating in the internal market. Nine months…

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