EU Court of Justice rules on protection of trade mark’s investment function and free-riding

In its judgement, the Court of Justice of the European Union, addresses the extent of possible violations of the trademark “function” and answers the reference for preliminary ruling raised by British courts in relation to a claim put forward by the company Interflora against Marks & Spencer for the use of one of its trade mark as a keyword on Google referencing service.

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In 2010, 90% of the EU budget was dedicated to projects in Member States or in partner countries abroad

The annual financial report has been published by the European Commission. This report shows detailed information on what the EU money was spent on and how was it managed. According to Commissioner responsible for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski, it is essential that EU taxpayers are provided with the fullest possible information. In addition, the implementation rate of the EU budget reached 97% in 2010.

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Minors' privacy could be better protected on the social networks, according to a Commission report

The European Commission presented a report in which it considers that the social networks could improve the default settings in order to better protect minors' privacy. Although a majority of sites tested do give youngsters age-appropriate safety information, only two out of nine social networking sites (Habbo Hotel and Xbox Live) have default settings.

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The results of a survey shows that public opinion approves the key elements of the forthcoming CAP reform package

A new Eurobarometer recently published by the European Commission shows there is a broadly favourable vision to key elements of the forthcoming CAP reform package. Those key elements where there was an agreement were the concept of enhancing the link between Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments and environmental protection throughout the EU and limiting the amount of payments any individual farm.

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Member States agreed in a compromise text to enable consumers to make healthier dietary choices

The Council approved a compromise text aimed at ensuring that food labels carry essential information in a clear and legible way. Thus, the new draft regulation requires labelling to be clear and legible. Its main objective of the new regulation is to enable consumers to make balanced and healthier dietary choices.

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Combating road traffic offences will be easier with the directive on cross-border exchange of information

The Council adopted a Directive on cross-border exchange of information on road safety offences on the basis of a text agreed with the European Parliament. The objective of this directive is to combat road traffic offences that considerably jeopardise road safety, by  facilitating cross-border exchange of information. The United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark, due to their special position under the Lisbon treaty with regard to policy cooperation, do not participate in this measure, but may decide to join in later.

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