EU agrees on the reform of the Court of Justice

Reform of the Court of Justice

In a significant step towards enhancing the efficiency of its judicial system, the Spanish Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament (EP) have reached a provisional agreement on reforming the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This agreement, between the Council presidency and representatives of the EP, is in […]

EU agrees on AI Act and sets the first rules for AI in the world

EU agrees on AI Act and sets the first rules for AI in the world

Following almost 3 years of work and a 3-day ‘marathon’ trilogue consultations, negotiators of the Council presidency and the European Parliament (EP) have reached a provisional agreement on the world’s first comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI) law, known as the AI Act.   The AI Act, which was originally presented in April 2021 by the European Commission, fits […]

Policy Recap: EU Informal Summit in Granada

EU Informal Summit in Granada

On October 6th, an informal EU Summit convened in Granada under the EU Spanish Presidency. This Summit followed a series of significant diplomatic engagements and policy developments. In preparation, the EU Council and EU Commission held meetings with leaders from pre-Accession Countries in the Western Balkans and countries from Eastern Europe, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, […]

Transatlantic Policy Dialogue: Recap of the 2023 EU-US Summit

Diplomatic Support Services

On 20 October, the US and EU and held their first joint summit since June 2021. During the summit, leaders of the US and the EU, including US President Joe Biden, Council President Charles Michel, and European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen discussed a wide range of topics and issued a joint statement.   They […]

Client Alert: EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Effective October 1, 2023, the transitional phase for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is now underway. Notably, the initial reporting deadline for importers is set for January 31, 2024. This is a significant milestone for firms importing certain products into the EU. CBAM is a new mechanism under the EU Green Deal framework. It […]

The European Commission launches an anti-subsidy investigation on Chinese e-vehicles

anti-subsidy investigation on Chinese e-vehicles

“The Commission is launching an anti-subsidy investigation into electric vehicles coming from China” announced the President of the European Commission (the “Commission”), Ursula von der Leyen at her annual State of the European Union speech on 13 September 2023. What is an anti-subsidy investigation? The Commission’s DG Trade is launching an investigation into potential subsidies provided […]

ICJ holds first arguments in the case Ukraine v. Russia

ICJ holds first arguments

Yesterday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ or Court), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN) held the first round of oral arguments in the case Ukraine v. Russia (state responsibility), with the very first statements by Russian representatives in this case, namely statements on the preliminary objections to the Court’s competence in […]

EU General Court maintains Russian sanctions except for one case

General Court maintains Russian sanctions

Last week, the General Court of the EU (“Court”) released a set of seven significant judgments concerning the EU’s restrictive measures (sanctions) against Russia.[1] The Court has partially dismissed sanctions imposed by the Council of the EU against Alexander Shulgin, while it has maintained sanctions in the six other cases. The judgments are particularly important […]

EU adopts 11th Sanctions Package against Russia

11th Sanctions Package against Russia

On 23 June, the EU published its latest package of restrictive measures against Russia, which includes a new anti-circumvention tool that aims to stop third countries and companies from circumventing existing EU sanctions and imposes a transit ban via Russia on additional goods and technology, which might aid Russia’s military or security sectors. As part […]

The Brussels Effect meets AI: What to Expect from the EU’s AI Act?

EU’s AI Act

As the development of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to accelerate, governments around the world are under increasing pressure to regulate the technology. The most tangible legislative proposal on the topic so far is the draft AI Act of the European Union (EU), a landmark proposal which is on track to be adopted by the end […]