Google and European data protection authorities: time to collaborate

Google reaffirmed its wish to collaborate with European data protection authorities and announced that it will reduce its retention period to 9 months. But in substance, Google refuses for the moment to submit to the European data protection law.

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Parallel trade in the pharmaceutical sector

European Court of Justice (ECJ) has established rules on the supply quotas for pharmaceuticals on the Greek wholesale market (Joined Cases C-468/06, C-469/06, C-470/06, C-471/06, C-472/06, C-473/06, C-474/06, C-475/06, C-476/06, C-477/06, C-478/06 Sot. Lélos kai Sia). The ECJ decided that a dominant company's refusal to supply wholesalers with a view to impeding parallel trade constitutes an abuse of a dominant market position under Article 82 of the EC Treaty unless it is justified by objective reasons.

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New advisory structure of Scientific Committees and experts in the field of consumer safety, public health and the …

The European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) of September 10th, 2008, the Decision 2008/721/EC, setting up an advisory structure of Scientific Committees and experts in the field of consumer safety, public health and the environment. This Decision will repeal Decision 2004/210/EC.

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SAFA programme results from 2007 aircraft inspection

The Official Journal of the European Union has published on the 9th September 2008 the results of the aircraft inspections in 2007. A total of 8.594 inspections from 132 different States that use 215 different (sub)types of Aircrafts

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Report on the limitation of the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields

The EC has published the report from the Commission on the application of Council Recommendation of 12 July 1999 (1999/519/ec) on the limitation of the exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (0 hz to 300 ghz) COM(2008) 532 final - 1.9.2008 based on the recommendations of the Scientific Committee for Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).

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EU Telecoms Reform: EP debate

The so-called EU Telecoms Reform, proposed by the Commission on 13 November 2007 in on debate at the European Parliament (EP) on the 2nd September 2008. Of particular importance in this debate will be the proposals made by the European Commission to give consumers of fixed and mobile phones and Internet services more rights and better choice). The debate among the European Parliament's 785 members will pave the way for a vote of the Commission's entire EU Telecoms reform proposals in first reading on 23 September. The French presidency could broker a political agreement at the Council of Telecoms Ministers on 27 November. New consumer rights would then become law in all 27 EU Member States by 2010.

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Roaming prices will become cheaper in the EU

On August 30th, it will become cheaper to make or receive calls while travelling in the EU. The price ceiling for roaming calls (the Eurotariff) introduced by the EU in 2007, will fall from €0.49 to €0.46 per minute (excluding VAT) for making a call, and from €0.24 to €0.22 per minute (excluding VAT) for receiving a call while in another EU country.

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Commission launches consultations on Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs)

The European Commission has published two consultation documents on CRAs seeking views from all interested parties by 5th September. The first document relates to the conditions for the authorisation, operation and supervision of credit rating agencies. The second proposes policy options in order to tackle what is felt to be an excessive reliance on ratings in EU legislation.

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Council Common Position on the draft Regulation on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea

The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) published on July 29th a Common Position adopted by the Council with a view to adopt a Regulation on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents. This Regulation aims to enhance safety in maritime transport, within the framework of the common transport policy.

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Commission plans ending roaming rip-offs for text messages abroad

Despite the calls made by the Commission on the industry for self-regulation and voluntary reductions of roaming prices for text messages, those calls have not been answered. The Commission will therefore start working on measures to ensure that consumers benefit from a truly single market for mobile text services.

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