DIGITAL MARKETS ACT SOON TO ENTER INTO FORCE – OVERVIEW OF KEY PROVISIONS

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a ground-breaking piece of EU regulation, imposing rules on platforms acting as “gatekeepers” in the digital sector, and aiming to ensure fairness and contestability in digital markets. It will enter into force on 1 November 2022, setting the clock running for gatekeepers to comply. In summary, it introduces ex … Read more

The impact of the war in Ukraine on Trade Policy

The war in Ukraine will change the world in many ways. One change that deserves more attention is how it is impacting trade policy and thus changing trade flows and creating trade opportunities. The evolving content of Western sanctions is tracked on our Sanctions Notes pages. In this note we will look at the legal … Read more

Amendments introduced to the proposed EU Foreign Subsidies regime: a stricter and more effective framework?

In 2021, the European Commission issued a proposal for a far-reaching new Regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market (the “proposed Regulation“). The proposed Regulation has now passed a key procedural milestone on the path to adoption. On 25 April 2022, the EU Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (“INTA Committee”) unanimously voted in favour … Read more

EU legislators reach agreement on Digital Markets Act

The EU Parliament and Council reached political agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA) late on Thursday night (24 March). The Commission has been quick to welcome the agreement, stating that the DMA “will bring fairer conditions to consumers and businesses for many digital services across the EU” (see Commission Press release). Although the DMA … Read more

EU proposal to address foreign subsidies

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission issued its much anticipated proposed regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the EU market, which we summarised in our earlier blog post. If adopted in its current form, the proposed regulation could have a transformative impact and significantly increase the regulatory risk and burdens for foreign companies operating or … Read more

The Impact of Brexit and Origin Rules on Trade between Japan, the UK and the EU

At the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (“EU-Japan EPA”) ceased to apply to trade with the UK.  In anticipation of this change the UK and Japan signed on 23 October 2020 a “roll-over” or continuity trade agreement that largely mirrors the terms of the EU-Japan … Read more

The European Commission adopts White Paper on how to address foreign subsidies in the EU internal market

On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) issued a “White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies” (“the White Paper”), launching a public consultation on a number of ambitious and far reaching possible options and legal instruments to address distortions in the European Union’s (“EU”) internal market resulting from foreign … Read more