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EU Law Update: Two states ordered to recover unpaid corporation tax

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The European Commission has ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands to recover unpaid tax from Fiat and Starbucks in the region of €20 million to €30 million each. On October 21st, competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager condemned tax rulings ordered by Luxembourg and the Netherlands in favour of Fiat and Starbucks respectively as illegal and contrary to the EU state aid rules. A decision by […]

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EU Law Update: Travelling time is ‘working time’

There were developments in September in relation to the European Law obligation on airlines to pay compensation where a flight is delayed or cancelled. A European Court of Justice judgment on September 17th, in a case arising from a claim for €600 from KLM because of a 29-hour delay, reinforces consumer rights. KLM had argued […]

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European agenda on migration launched

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CATHERINE DONNELLY Following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean in April, the EU introduced a European agenda on migration on May 13th. In the short term, the focus is on increasing the budget for Frontex – the EU’s agency for the management of co-operation at external borders of the union – to provide […]

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Court decisions show variety of areas influenced by EU law

The Opinion of Advocate General Bot indicating a failure by Ireland to comply with the EU Working Time Directive in respect of doctors’ hours issued on March 19th has understandably garnered significant attention in Ireland. However, the European Courts and the Commission have in recent weeks issued a number of interesting decisions illustrating the variety […]

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EU law update: Ryanair’s German state aid ‘unlawful’

During September and October there have been some interesting decisions made by both the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. On October 15th, the Commission announced its decision that Ryanair has received unlawful state aid granted through Leipzig-Altenburg airport in Germany because the agreement between the parties is not capable of being profitable for the airport “even […]

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European Commission gives go-ahead to purchase of O2 Ireland by Hutchinson 3G

The merger of the second- and fourth-largest mobile network operators in Ireland will now go ahead after the European Commission approved the acquisition of Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland) by Hutchinson 3G (H3G). The merged entity will face only two competitors – Vodafone and Eircom. While the commission had initial concerns that the merger could result in a significant reduction in competition in […]

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‘Right to be forgotten’ creates data dilemma

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French philosopher Paul Ricoeur wrote “To be forgotten is to die twice”. However, in recent days the Court of Justice of the EU has taken steps towards recognising a “right to be forgotten”, for EU citizens. The case in question is Google Spain and Google v AEPD and Gonzalez. It resulted from a complaint by a […]

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Firms that breach data rules may be fined up to €100m

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A resolution of the European Parliament last month saw MEPs call for an end to blanket mass surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency. The resolution was made in the context of a report and recommendations by MEPs aimed at increasing EU citizens’ privacy through EU-wide data protection rules. MEPs want to see firms […]

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Website owners can link to protected works, court rules

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January and February have seen a number of EU law developments. In Case C-466/12 (Nils Svensson and Others v Retriever Sverige AB) a question on interpretation of EU law was raised by a Swedish court before the Court of Justice regarding press articles written by Swedish journalists which were published on a freely accessible basis […]

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