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5th EJSF plenary on Mandatory Due Diligence, 3rd December 2020

The 5th annual EJSF plenary will take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020, 14h – 16h00 CET (online). This year’s topic will be ‘A global standard for Mandatory Due Diligence: EU leadership towards a more sustainable world’. The event will be hosted by European Economic & Social Committee member Professor Bernd Schlűtter. Confirmed speakers [...]

By |2020-10-13T08:00:55+00:00October 13th, 2020|EJSF Plenary, Events, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on 5th EJSF plenary on Mandatory Due Diligence, 3rd December 2020

Rule of law: First EC Rule of Law report, EU budget & rule of law

The European Commission (EC) has published its first ever report on the state of the rule of law in the EU 27 Member States (MSs). The report provides an overview of the situation in each MS based on criteria including independence of the judiciary and media pluralism. The report is intended to raise awareness [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:23:22+00:00October 13th, 2020|European Commission, Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Rule of law: First EC Rule of Law report, EU budget & rule of law

Sustainable Corporate Governance: mandatory due diligence legislation, cocoa sector

The EC has launched a consultation, until 8 October, on sustainable corporate governance (SCG) including future legislation on mandatory due diligence (MDD). The consultation draws on two EC studies published this year, one on due diligence requirements through the supply chain; the other on directors’ duties and sustainable corporate governance. Based on feedback from [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:21:38+00:00October 13th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Sustainable Corporate Governance: mandatory due diligence legislation, cocoa sector

State of the European Union address: climate, health, digitalisation

Delivering her first State of the (European) Union address on 16th September, EC President Ursula von der Leyen set out her priorities for the coming year. These include a 55% emissions reduction by 2030 (up from a previous target of 40%); building a stronger European Health Union, taking a global lead on digitalisation including [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:20:20+00:00October 13th, 2020|Climate, Digitilisation, Health, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on State of the European Union address: climate, health, digitalisation

New EC Digital Finance and CMU packages

The EC has launched two major initiatives to help support the financial sector, including consumers, towards recovery. A digital finance package, including a strategy on retail payments, aims to make EU rules more digital-friendly and safe for consumers. The accompanying legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience seek to ensure access to innovative financial [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:18:30+00:00October 13th, 2020|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on New EC Digital Finance and CMU packages

New EC fair tax package

As part of the EU recovery agenda, the EC has adopted a comprehensive new tax package. The overall aim is to boost tax fairness, protect against unfair competition and increase transparency. The package consists of an action plan setting out 25 actions to improve tax fairness and simplicity, a proposal to extend EU tax [...]

By |2020-10-13T07:16:59+00:00October 13th, 2020|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on New EC fair tax package

European Justice Stakeholders Forum news

COVID-19 continues to present many challenges to rule of law and fundamental rights. Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) is to be a major focus of the EU’s recovery plan. European Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, has promised new legislation in 2021 imposing mandatory due diligence in relation to social and environmental impacts both within companies’ operations [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:55:15+00:00June 25th, 2020|Top News, Top Stories, Uncategorized|Comments Off on European Justice Stakeholders Forum news

Trade review & foreign subsidies

In June, the EC launched a public consultation (until 15th September) on a comprehensive review of EU trade policy. Topics include WTO reform and how to maximise the contribution of trade policy to addressing key global challenges including climate change and sustainable development. Addressing the OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct on 19th [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:50:43+00:00June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Trade review & foreign subsidies

A new rule book for digital services

Two new public consultations concerning digital platforms were launched by the European Commission on 2nd June: the first seeks views on a future modern rule book for digital services and addresses issues such as safety online, freedom of expression and a level playing field in the digital economy. A related second consultation covers possible [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:48:57+00:00June 25th, 2020|Digital Services|Comments Off on A new rule book for digital services

Disinformation & balancing rights in the time of COVID-19

Online platforms are also the focus of a joint Communication to tackle disinformation during COVID-19, presented on 10th June by the European Commission and EU High Representative. The Communication addresses the proliferation of disinformation during COVID-19 and issues such as illegal hate speech and threats to security and democracy. Platforms are asked to submit [...]

By |2020-06-25T10:46:06+00:00June 25th, 2020|COVID-19|Comments Off on Disinformation & balancing rights in the time of COVID-19