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  • From Ugly Duckling to Superstar: how energy efficiency (almost) got to the top of the political agenda

    Energy efficiency has long been promoted at European level. The European Commission has certainly made great efforts to support it and to ensure that energy savings can contribute to the EU’s energy priorities, namely reduction of carbon emissions, lowering of energy costs and increase of energy independence. The EU has introduced energy efficiency targets, created…

  • The Modi-Juncker Era – New Opportunities in EU-India Trade

    The recent breakthrough in the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement negotiations shows that India is opening up towards free trade.  While the EU-India Free Trade Agreement is unlikely to conclude within the year, there are other opportunities from which business can benefit, and the new political administrations in the world’s two largest democratic jurisdictions could provide the…

  • Towards a Global Corporate Tax Overhaul

    At the G20 Summit on 15-16 November 2014 political leaders reiterated their determination to address base erosion and profit shifting by corporates, with the objective of re-establishing the integrity and fairness of international tax rules. Leaders made considerable progress in tackling harmful tax practices which will result in concrete changes of national tax systems in…

  • Fog over the Channel – Britain cut off?

    The prospect of the UK leaving the EU is becoming a distinct possibility. Recent polls indicate that more than half of British voters are in favour of a Brexit. David Cameron says he will hold an in/out referendum in 2017 if the Conservatives are returned to government. He has stated he wants to keep the…

  • European Commission 2014-2019

    On the 1st November, the 2014-2019 European Commission took office. The new structure, that has been shaped by President Jean-Claude Juncker, consists of seven Vice-Presidents who will steer and coordinate the work of twenty Commissioners. The below overview demonstrates the distribution of responsibilities among the Vice-Presidents and the Commissioners as well as the Heads of…

  • Through the front door – the need to manage competition investigations

    While at the International Bar Association conference in Tokyo recently I found myself, not for the first time, having to explain what it is I do for a living. When I was a competition lawyer it was easy: I advised on competition law. When I was at the Office of Fair Trading it was easy:…

  • Awaken thee, Romanian!

    “Awaken thee, Romanian!” the Romanian national anthem rallies its citizens from their slumber, to “now, or never, make a new fate” for themselves. Well it seems that Romanians around the world are very much awake and restive after the first round of voting in the presidential elections on Sunday 02 November. This was a campaign…

  • A €300 billion Investment Plan for Europe

    When he outlined the political priorities of the incoming European Commission in July 2014, President Juncker stated that his first priority as Commission President would be the strengthening of Europe’s competitiveness and the stimulation of investment for the purpose of job creation. Within the first three months of his mandate and in the context of…

  • Energy Flash – The 2030 Energy & Climate Framework

    On 22 October European leaders reached an agreement on the 2030 Energy and Climate Framework.

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