Recent developments on the EU Commission’s proposal for a ‘[T]obin Hood’ Tax

Jose Manuel Panero Rivas, LL.M MA in Economics for Competition Law candidate, King’s College London   The discussions held on the possibility of introducing an EU-wide Financial Transactions Tax (‘FTT’) [i] is one of the most interesting political battles taking place in Brussels in recent times (and there have been some). While certain Member States defend the introduction of such a tax at EU level – and some of them have even gone as far as announcing the unilateral introduction of similar taxes – other…

Inuit and Microban: ECJ explains notion of ‘regulatory act’

dr. Agne Limante  Post-Graduate Diploma candidate in EU Law, King’s College London; PhD in EU law, Vilnius University   After the Lisbon Treaty came into force, actions for the annulment of EU legal acts are regulated by Article 263 TFEU[i], which has revised and replaced Article ex 230 EC[ii]. Among other changes related to annulment actions, the Lisbon Treaty also revised locus standi requirements for private applicants. The present wording of Article 263(4) TFEU allows “any natural or legal person <…> [to] institute proceedings against an…

Lets have our EU laws? European Citizens’ Initiative is ready to be used

dr. Agne Limante  Post-Graduate Diploma candidate in EU Law, King’s College London; PhD in EU law, Vilnius University   On 1 April 2012 the Regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative[i] came into force. It establishes the procedures and conditions required for a citizens’ initiative – the new tool created by the Lisbon Treaty granting EU citizens the right to ask for changes to European law (Article 11 TEU[ii] and Article 24 TFEU[iii])[iv]. Considering that that date chosen for coming into force coincided with April Fool’s day,…

Factsheet of the ECtHR: Case-law concerning the EU

In January 2012 the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) published a Factsheet containing a brief review on how the case-law of the ECtHR has been adjusting to cover some of the matters governed by EU law. The European Union is not – yet[1] – a member of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (‘ECHR’)[2] , and accordingly its acts are not subject to the revision of the ECtHR. However, all the States which are members of the European Union…

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