Entries by Spark Editor

Study to support the review of Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information

Spark Legal Network, in collaboration with Deloitte, Open Evidence, WIK Consult and time.lex, has been carrying out the study to support the review of Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information, for the European Commission (DG CONNECT). The study involves the evaluation of the functioning of the PSI Directive based on the state […]

Publication of the Final Report of the study “An evaluation of the anti-doping laws and practices in the EU Member States in light of the General Data Protection Regulation”.

Tilburg University Institute for Law Technology and Society, and Spark Legal Network have completed the study “An evaluation of the anti-doping laws and practices in the EU Member States in light of the General Data Protection Regulation” for DG for Education and Culture. This study examined the relationship between anti-doping laws and practices in the […]

Call for applications for the FCP Annual Training on Competition Law and Economics 2017/2018, Second Edition

The Florence Competition Programme (FCP), formerly known as ENTraNCE, is a project of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy). The FCP Annual Training targets in particular: – Officials from National Competition Authorities and National Regulatory Authorities – Practicing lawyers – Economic consultants – In-house legal counsels, managers […]

New Study – Operational restrictions in the retail sector

Spark, in collaboration with London Economics and Valdani, Valdani & Associati (VVA Europe) and GDCC, has begun a study on operational restrictions in the retail sector, for the European Commission (DG GROW). The study will involve the identification, mapping and describing of national and regional regulations that may have a negative impact on daily operations […]

New Study – Assessment of the regulatory aspects affecting the collaborative economy in the tourism accomodation sector in the 28 EU Member States

Spark, in collaboration with Valdani, Vicari & Associati (VVA Europe), has begun a study on the assessment of the regulatory aspects affecting the collaborative economy in the tourism accommodation sector in the 28 Member States, for the European Commission (DG GROW). The study will involve the mapping of the regulatory environment at national level, a […]

New Study – Evaluation of the Ten-E Regulation and assessing the impacts of alternative policy scenarios

Spark will perform a quality assurance role on an evaluation and impact assessment concerning the TEN-E Regulation, which was recently awarded by DG ENTR to a consortium led by Trinomics. The general objective of the study is twofold. First, it is to provide the Commission with an independent evaluation of the Regulation, in particular collecting […]

Support study for impact assessment concerning the review of Merger Regulation regarding minority shareholdings

The European Commission has published a study conducted by Spark Legal Network and the University of Queen Mary concerning the review of the Merger Regulation regarding minority shareholdings. The study involved the assessment of the features of a certain number of national merger control regimes, which provide for the control of minority shareholdings´ acquisitions; and […]

Study on data protection issues related to anti-doping in sport

Spark, in collaboration with Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) has begun a study on data protection rules related to anti-doping in sport. The goal of this study is to assist the Commission (DG EAC) in providing guidance to Member States to adopt or revise existing national legislation on anti-doping in sport to […]

Review of current national rules and practices relating to risk preparedness in the area of security of supply

Spark Legal Network, together with VVA Europe have now completed the final report for our study on the ‘Review of current national rules and practices relating to risk preparedness in the area of security of electricity supply’, launched by DG ENER. The study was carried out with the assistance of Spark’s excellent network of national […]

Legal review on industrial design protection in Europe

The European Commission has published the Legal Review of Industrial Design Protection in Europe, which was conducted by Spark Legal Network, Queen Mary University of London, Time.lex and Indiville. The report concludes, in respect of several aspects of the design system, that the desired level of harmonization has been achieved, and the functioning of the […]