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    March 2017 - News Update EU March | Recent Developments

    On 1 March 2017 the European Commission presented its White Paper on the future of Europe, looking at how Europe will change in the next decade. The White Paper sets out five different scenarios for Europe in 2025: (i) scenario 1: "Carry On", the EU27 focuses on delivering its positive reform agenda; Read more

    March 2017 - Houthoff Buruma's vision on the Dutch M&A Market

    Alexander Kaarls, Jetty Tukker and Willem Liedenbaum present their visions on the current Dutch M&A market. This article appears in the 6th edition of Global Legal Insights – Mergers & Acquisitions; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (www.globallegalinsights.com). Read more

    February 2017 - News Update EU Competition and Procurement Special

    On 3 January 2017 the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam confirmed that a public contract that is rightfully concluded after the decision in first instance, can only be challenged in very strict circumstances. One of those circumstances is nullity of the contract based on Article 3:40 of the Dutch Civil Code. Read more

    February 2017 - News Update EU State Aid Special

    In 2011, the Greek company OPAP was granted an exclusive license to operate 35.000 Video Lottery Terminals ("VLT Agreement") in Greece. Several companies filed a complaint with the Commission in which they submitted that the grant involved incompatible state aid. In 2012, the Commission concluded that the VLT Agreement was free of state aid. The complaining companies brought an action for annulment of the decision, which the General Court dismissed in 2013. Read more

    January 2017 - European Account Preservation Order Regulation entered into force

    Regulation (EU) No. 655/2015 regarding the preservation of bank accounts (European Account Preservation Order (EAPO)) entered into force on 18 January. This Regulation facilitates cross-border debt recovery. A preservation order is cross-border if a bank account is held in a Member State other than (i) the Member State of the court where the EAPO request has been submitted or (ii) the Member State where the creditor is domiciled. Read more

    January 2017 - News Update EU Vertical Agreements Special

    For a long time vertical agreements (i.e. agreements for the sale or purchase of goods/services between parties operating at different levels in the supply chain) have not been a priority in the enforcement of competition law by competition authorities (public enforcement). However, this has changed in the last couple of years, especially since the European Commission ("Commission") initiated a sector inquiry into e-commerce to identify possible anti-competitive practices in vertical relations in 2015. Read more

    January 2017 - Houthoff Buruma Partner Laura Parret inaugurated as Endowed Professor of State Aid in European Legal Order

    On December 6, 2016, Professor Laura Parret held her inaugural lecture titled: What, for whom and how? The role and identity of state aid rules, at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In her lecture, Parret argues that the system of state aid rules is showing significant signs of crisis. Read more

    January 2017 - Entry into force of EU tax transparency rules

    As of January 1 2017, Member States are obliged to automatically exchange information on all new cross-border tax rulings that they issue. This is the result of Directive 2015/2376 regarding mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation. Aim is to ensure that where one Member State issues an advance tax ruling or transfer pricing arrangement, any other affected EU Member State can monitor the situation and the possible impact on its tax revenue. Read more

    January 2017 - Brexit relevant? EU competence in free trade agreements – AG Sharpston opinion

    On December 21 2016, AG Sharpston issued an opinion that is regarded as an important indicator with respect to trade agreements that will have to be entered into between the EU and the UK after a Brexit. The opinion related to the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Singapore (the ‘EUSFTA’), which was initiated in September 2013. Read more

    January 2017 - EU proposal on tougher privacy rules for telecom and internet services

    On January 10, 2017 the European Commission announced its proposal for a regulation to ensure stronger privacy in electronic communications, while opening up new business opportunities. The proposed measures aim to update current rules, and extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market. At the same time, the proposal aligns the rules for electronic communications with the new world-class standards of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation. Read more