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    • 20/10/2020
    • Articles

    EU Dual-use Regime

    Dual-use items are goods, software and technology that can have both civilian and military applications. The European Union controls the export, brokering and transit of dual-use items to third countries, as well as intra-EU movements of highly sensitive dual-use items. The dual-use regime aims to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as circumvention of conventional arms controls and is guided by multilateral initiatives on export control, such as the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Missile Technology Control Regime. This VBB Insight sets out the key obligations under the dual-use framework and outlines the anticipated reform of the EU dual-use regime. Please click below to read our memorandum on the EU dual-use regime.

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    • 08/10/2020
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    CJEU rules that it has jurisdiction over breaches by a Member State of WTO law

    On 6 October 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgement in Case C-66/18. The case related to the infringement proceedings brought by the Commission against Hungary in relation to its treatment of the Central European University (CEU) and more in general the requirements which Hungary applied to foreign higher education institutions seeking to supply services in its territory. The Court ruled that its jurisdiction in infringement proceedings brought by the European Commission against a Member State on the basis of Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) extends to a Member State’s failure to fulfil its obligations under World Trade Organization (WTO) law. The CJEU found breaches of the national treatment obligation under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), provisions relating to academic freedom, the freedom to found higher education institutions and the freedom to conduct a business in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, and the freedom of establishment and the free movement of services.

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    • 01/07/2020
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    European Commission’s White Paper on Levelling the Playing Field as regards Foreign Subsidies

    Key Takeaway: The EU (and Member States) may be given new, far-reaching powers to tackle the perceived harmful effects of third-country subsidies benefitting businesses operating in the EU. Remedies could be imposed limiting participation in all sectors of the internal market, including prohibiting businesses from making subsidised acquisitions and participating in public procurement in the EU. On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a White Paper on how to respond to third countries giving subsidies to companies active in the EU (“foreign subsidies”). In an effort to level the playing field, the Commission proposes new tools to address what it perceives as unfair competition from foreign players in the EU’s internal market. The Commission considers that existing tools, in the areas of notably trade defence, competition law and public procurement, are insufficient to avoid distortions resulting from foreign subsidies. The proposed new tool box fits within the EU’s new policy of “open strategic autonomy”. It signals a more pro-active approach on the part of the EU in responding to unfair and abusive practices distorting the EU internal market and undermining the level playing field.

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