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New ‘Bridging Legal & Policy’ (BLP) Initiative

On 6th June the EJSF held a first meeting of corporates interested in a potential new Bridging Legal & Policy’ (BLP) initiative. The aim of this initiative is to create a platform where corporates (legal & policy colleagues) can focus on the legal aspects of new EU polices and draft laws so as to [...]

By |2019-10-25T15:58:11+00:00September 1st, 2019|Top Stories|Comments Off on New ‘Bridging Legal & Policy’ (BLP) Initiative

4th EJSF Annual Plenary, 19 November, EESC Brussels

Meanwhile, preparations are well under way for the 4th EJSF annual plenary, taking place on 19th November in the European Economic & Social Committee (EESC), Brussels. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the EU Charter, the theme of this year’s event is ‘Rights under threat – how [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:13:24+00:00September 1st, 2019|Events, Top News|Comments Off on 4th EJSF Annual Plenary, 19 November, EESC Brussels

EU 2019-24 – Commission President Priorities and Key MEPs

A new EU leadership, which will set the priorities of the future Commission and Parliament until 2024, is taking shape. Commission President-Elect, Ursula von der Leyen, will assume office on 1st November. Her political priorities in a potential post-Brexit EU include: Europe's first ever Climate Law to enshrine its target of being the world's first [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:11:52+00:00September 1st, 2019|Brexit, European Commission, Top News|Comments Off on EU 2019-24 – Commission President Priorities and Key MEPs

Rule of Law – New Commission Communication and Finnish EU Council Presidency Activities

On 17th July, the Commission published a Communication on measures to strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Directed to the future EU leadership, its recommendations - based around 3 pillars - include an annual conference with civil society, a rule of law review cycle and annual report, and a more effective enforcement mechanism [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:08:38+00:00September 1st, 2019|European Commission, Top News|Comments Off on Rule of Law – New Commission Communication and Finnish EU Council Presidency Activities

Artificial Intelligence & the new EU 2020+

On 26th June, the Commission’s Expert Group on AI published recommendations to the EU on how AI can best support citizens, business and administrations in ways that both benefit and protect. The Commission also launched a pilot process to test the ethics guidelines recommended by the expert group in April. The outcome of both [...]

By |2019-09-01T11:03:53+00:00September 1st, 2019|AI, Technology, Top News|Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence & the new EU 2020+

Anti-Money Laundering – Commission Recommendations for Better Enforcement

The Commission adopted a Communication and four reports on the 24th July that assess the effectiveness of current EU measures to fight money laundering in the EU. The assessment identified divergences in the application of EU legislation and vulnerabilities including anonymous products, identification of beneficial owners and new unregulated products such as virtual assets. [...]

By |2019-09-01T10:58:56+00:00September 1st, 2019|Anti-Money Laundering, European Commission, Top News|Comments Off on Anti-Money Laundering – Commission Recommendations for Better Enforcement

Consumer Financial Services – 2nd ERFF Conference, 5th November, Brussels

During 2019, the European Retail Financial Forum (ERFF), managed by Passerelle, has been in dialogue with EU consumer representatives to identify areas where the consumer experience in cross-border financial services could still be improved along with potential solutions. These have been gathered into a discussion paper that will feed into the 2nd ERFF Annual [...]

By |2019-09-01T10:48:38+00:00September 1st, 2019|Top News|Comments Off on Consumer Financial Services – 2nd ERFF Conference, 5th November, Brussels

Towards Trustworthy AI and a New AI Europe Forum

The EU’s ambition to set a global standard for trustworthy AI moved a step closer on 8th April with the publication of a Communication indicating its next steps. The EU aims to take forward the guidelines of a High-Level Expert Group, published on the same day. The next steps also include a piloting phase [...]

By |2019-09-01T10:53:09+00:00April 26th, 2019|Technology|Comments Off on Towards Trustworthy AI and a New AI Europe Forum

EU – US Digital Cooperation

In a speech to the DC-based Brookings Institute, on 11th April, European Commissioner for Justice and Data Protection, Vera Jourova, called on the US to join the EU to develop a common approach to challenges posed by the tech revolution. Inviting the US, along with like-minded partners such as Japan, to build a ‘global [...]

By |2019-09-01T10:53:22+00:00April 26th, 2019|International, Technology|Comments Off on EU – US Digital Cooperation

Rule of Law in Europe

On 3rd April, the Commission published a Communication setting out its ideas to strengthen the rule of law in Europe, inviting the EU institutions and relevant stakeholders, including lawyers, to comment. The Communication summarises the existing framework and suggests better measures to promote the rule of law to EU citizens, as well as to [...]

By |2019-09-01T10:56:02+00:00April 26th, 2019|Other Europe|Comments Off on Rule of Law in Europe