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In-depth investigation by the European Commission into EUR 9 million Spanish aid to Air Nostrum

In-depth investigation by the European Commission into EUR 9 million Spanish aid to Air Nostrum
13/01/2020

On 20 December 2019, the European Commission's decision to initiate the formal investigation procedure regarding a EUR 9 million aid from the Valencia Region to Air Nostrum for the renewal of its fleet

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Nieuwe Europese drempelbedragen voor overheidsopdrachten vanaf 1 januari 2020

Nieuwe Europese drempelbedragen voor overheidsopdrachten vanaf 1 januari 2020
06/01/2020

De Europese verordeningen introduceerden nieuwe drempelwaarden voor overheidsopdrachten en concessies die onderworpen zijn aan de Europese bekendmakingsregels. Het was wachten op legislatief optreden van de Belgische wetgever om deze Europese drempelwaarden in Belgische wetgeving om te zetten. 

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Commission opens preliminary investigation against Google and Facebook in relation to data-gathering practices

Commission opens preliminary investigation against Google and Facebook in relation to data-gathering practices
26/12/2019

The Commission has opened a preliminary investigation into potential anticompetitive datagathering practices, addressing requests for information to Google and Facebook. 

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The EU reinforces the protection of whistleblowers

The EU reinforces the protection of whistleblowers
11/12/2019

Directive 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of EU law (or “whistleblowers”) was published on 26 November 2019.

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Buying alliances in Europe are under threat

Buying alliances in Europe are under threat
09/12/2019

On Monday 18 November 2019 the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets ("ACM") announced that the regulator had dawn raided several large traders in the agriculture sector. These dawn-raids follow a European trend in which regulators across Europe focus on buying alliances and cartels in the agricultural and retail sectors. In this blog we will discuss this trend.

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Restrictions of cross-border sales under EU competition rules

Restrictions of cross-border sales under EU competition rules
09/12/2019

Companies are in principle free to establish in Europe the distribution system that best serves their interests, including selective distribution where their products are put on the market through qualified distributors only.

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La liberté d’expression des travailleurs est protégée, mais pas absolue

La liberté d’expression des travailleurs est protégée, mais pas absolue
06/12/2019

Dans un arrêt récent, la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme examine le licenciement d’un travailleur, consécutif à la publication par ce dernier d’un article sur internet, au regard de son droit à la liberté d'expression, consacré par l’article 10 de la CEDH. 

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European Green Deal : klimaatverandering topprioriteit voor de Europese Commissie

European Green Deal : klimaatverandering topprioriteit voor de Europese Commissie
05/12/2019

De strijd tegen klimaatverandering is voor Ursula von der Leyen, de nieuwe voorzitter van de Europese Commissie, topprioriteit. Haar zogenaamde European Green Deal bevat onder meer de volgende beleidsopties:  

 

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Third country bids in EU procurement: always excluded?

Third country bids in EU procurement: always excluded?
29/11/2019

The European Commission recently issued guidance on the participation of third country bidders in public procurement. It clarified bids may be excluded, but remains silent on whether they may be accepted and under which conditions. 

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European Commission gives green light for German rescue aid to Condor

European Commission gives green light for German rescue aid to Condor
06/11/2019

On 14 October 2019, the European Commission (“Commission”) approved the German rescue aid to charter airline Condor under the EU State Aid rules.

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