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    • 24/10/2019
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    Gábor Báthory speaks at the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains’ 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care

    On 17 October 2019, Van Bael & Bellis counsel Gábor Báthory spoke at the 1st International Conference on the future of pharmacy care organized by the European Federation of Pharmacy Chains in Prague. Topics covered at the conference included current issues and challenges of the European pharmacy sector such as ownership, quality, education of pharmaceutical professionals and innovation. Gábor's presentation discussed pharmacy ownership, with a focus on remedies available under EU Law against national restrictions on pharmacy ownership. Other speakers included Johan Wallér, CEO of the Swedish Pharmacy Association, Max Müller, Member of the Board at DocMorris, Europe’s largest internet pharmacy, Daniel Horák, CEO of Dr.Max, the largest pharmacy network in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Peter Pažitný, Executive Director of the “CEE Health Policy Network” and former health policy advisor to various Ministers of Health of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and Tomas Sebek, Co-founder and Partner of uLékaře.cz, the Czech Republic’s leading virtual hospital. The Panel was moderated by Martin Dočkal, the founder and owner of APATYKÁŘ, the largest pharmacy website in the Czech Republic.

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    • 25/09/2019
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    Pei Fang Lo speaks on the “EU Anti-Dumping Regulation: Latest Developments” at a seminar in Taiwan

    On 19 September 2019, Pei Fang Lo spoke at a seminar on the “EU Anti-Dumping Regulation: Latest Developments” organized by the Chinese National Federation of Industries in Taiwan. Pei Fang’s presentation offered an introduction to the recent amendments in 2017 and 2018 to the basic Anti-Dumping Regulation. She discussed the European Commission’s practices in recent investigations and how the new Regulations are being applied. She also looked at a number of judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the EU's trade remedies.

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    • 07/05/2019
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    CJEU rules that CETA ISDS mechanism is compatible with EU law

    On 30 April 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided in Opinion 1/17 that the chapter on investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada, of one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part (CETA) is compatible with EU primary law. On 29 January 2019, Advocate General Bot had already reached the same conclusion (for an analysis, see here). Opinion 1/17 removes a significant obstacle to the ratification of CETA by the EU Member States and the ratification of investment protection agreements with, for example, Singapore and Vietnam, which contain similar chapters on ISDS. The Opinion also significantly boosts the European Union negotiating position in the ongoing United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) negotiations on ISDS reform. At the same time, the Opinion might, to some extent, tie the hands of the European Union in negotiating in that forum.

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    • 30/01/2019
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    Opinion 1/17 on CETA: Advocate General Bot finds that the investment court system in CETA is compatible with EU law

    On 29 January 2019, Advocate General Bot delivered his long-awaited Opinion (the Opinion) on whether the investment court system (ICS) in Chapter Eight, Section F, of the European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is compatible with European Union (EU) law, in particular with the autonomy of the EU legal order and fundamental rights. The next step in the proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), initiated by Belgium following complications in its ratification process, is for the CJEU to deliver its Opinion on the same question. This client alert discusses the key elements of the Opinion and the implications of these CJEU proceedings on the European Union’s common commercial policy and its policy of advocating reform of existing investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) and the establishment of a multilateral investment court (MIC).

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    • 23/11/2018
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    Brexit: trade implications of the draft withdrawal agreement and the draft declaration on the future

    The draft declaration on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, which was published on 22 November 2018, offers for the first time some insight into the legal framework that is likely to govern trade between the United Kingdom and the European Union after the transition period comes to an end. Van Bael & Bellis has prepared a brief note providing an overview of the trade implications and the timeline of the successive legal frameworks that are envisaged by the draft withdrawal agreement and the draft declaration on the future relationship.

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