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European Court of Justice Delivers Victory for EU Transparency and Accountability

Landmark ruling requires the European Commission to disclose impact assessments used as a basis for its legislative decision-making process. By Antonio Morales and Rosa Espín The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued a landmark judgment finding that impact assessments should be considered public documents. This decision sets a … Continue Reading

New EC Guidelines to Improve Non-Financial Information Reporting

By Paul Davies, Michael Green and Ei Nge Htut On 26 June 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published non-binding guidelines on the methodology for reporting non-financial information by certain large companies and groups (the Guidelines) as required by Article 2 of the Directive 2014/95/EU amending the Accounting Directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity … Continue Reading

European Commission Proposes Action to Streamline Environmental Reporting

By Jörn Kassow and Eun-Kyung Lee On June 9, 2017, the European Commission (EC) published its Action Plan to Streamline Environmental Reporting (COM(2017) 312), summarising the findings of its review of reporting requirements following the 2015 ‘Better Regulation Initiative.’ As part of this 2015 Initiative, the EC carried out a fitness check focused on assessing environmental … Continue Reading

Pharmaceuticals in The Environment: What will EU Environment Roadmap Mean for Pharmaceuticals?

By Paul Davies, Elisabetta Righini and Rosa Espin On 28 April 2017, the European Commission (the EC) published a “roadmap” on the strategic approach to pharmaceuticals in the environment, particularly in the aquatic environment. Concurrently, the EC launched a 12-week open public consultation to address the environmental pollution caused by human and veterinarian pharmaceutical substances. … Continue Reading

The European Commission Places Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Issues Centre Stage

By Paul Davies and Michael Green The European Commission has recently published plans to integrate sustainability considerations into decisions made by investors within the EU. More specifically, the EU is looking to spell out in legislation, that the consideration of ESG issues should be incorporated into the fiduciary duties of EU asset managers. The main … Continue Reading

Spain Reorganises its National Regulatory Authorities to Comply with EU Guidelines

By Rosa Espín and Leticia Sitges The Spanish government recently passed a draft bill for the “ rationalization and organization of the supervising regulatory bodies of the markets and the improvement of its governance” (the Draft Bill). The bill aims to reorganize antitrust regulation, and to improve supervision and regulation in the economic and financial domains, … Continue Reading

Update: Stricter EU Environmental Performance Standards to Apply to Large Combustion Plants by 2021

By Jörn Kassow and Patrick Braasch Emissions from approximately 2,900 large combustion plants in the EU, including coal-fired power stations as well as peat, oil and gas power plants, are now likely to be subject to stricter environmental performance standards. These updated standards (“Best Available Techniques Conclusions for Large Combustion Plants” – BREF LCP), based on … Continue Reading

European Commission Publishes the New Winter Package

By Antonio Morales and Leticia Sitges  Last month, the European Commission presented a package of measures, known as “the Winter Package”, to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness in adopting and leading the clean energy transition. In addition to promoting energy efficiency, the clean energy transition will continue to offer a wide range of investment opportunities. During 2015, … Continue Reading

Public Works Slowdown Following Implementation of the New Italian Public Procurement Code

By Cesare Milani The Italian Government definitively approved Legislative Decree no. 50 in April this year, implementing Directives 2014/23/EU, 2014/24/EU and 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and European Council. The revised legislation resulting from the Directives coming into force affect the Italian construction market. Notably, the new Italian Public Procurement Code impacts “public procurement and awarding … Continue Reading

PE Set To Benefit From More Outward Looking Chinese Buyers

By Amy Beckingham In recent years, Chinese companies have become increasingly bold in the search for new deals, looking beyond the country’s borders for transformational takeovers. This year already, we have seen the largest ever outbound deal attempted by a Chinese company, with ChemChina’s $43billon bid for Swiss agribusiness Syngenta. As China becomes more relaxed … Continue Reading

European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

By Paul Davies and Alice Gunn The European Commission published two evaluation and fitness check roadmaps in May this year. These roadmaps will assist the Commission in assessing whether the current legislative framework for chemicals, including REACH, is fit-for-purpose and delivers as expected. Together with the ongoing evaluation of 24 EU Directives in the area … Continue Reading

Consultation Launched on Corporate Social Responsibility

By Paul Davies and Alice Gunn The European Commission is currently consulting on how large public-interest entities should disclose environmental and other non-financial information, as required by Directive 2014/95/EU Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Directive. The obligation to disclose a non-financial statement applies to large undertakings which are public-interest entities and have over 500 employees. Public-interest entities means listed … Continue Reading
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