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 of play regarding the re-use of public sector information in the 28 EU MS. It also includes an evaluation of the changes introduced by revision of the PSI Directive in 2013 and the interplay between the PSI Directive and other relevant pieces of legislation, such as the INSPIRE Directive. Based on the results of the evaluation, the study also assesses the expected impact of a limited number of policy options, and compares the different options.

For further information about this project, please get in touch via email.

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 EU and the European data protection framework, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation.

The research involved the conduct of legal desk research by national legal experts on the national laws regarding anti-doping and data protection in each of the 28 Member States. In addition, the study team interviewed the NADOs (National Anti-Doping Organisations) of 12 selected countries, a DPA (Data Protection Authority), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), EU Athletes, and one IF (International Federation).

Based on the results of the above research, the study team developed conclusions and provided recommendations regarding different possibilities to be explored in order to address the issue of the protection of personal data in the current system of anti-doping.

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 and experts in public affairs

The main features of the programme:
– Advanced training on recent developments in competition law and economics
– 3 short residential training blocks (Thursday-Saturday morning) at the EUI campus, surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan hills near Florence
– Classes taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field of competition law and economics
– Interactive classes, including frontal lectures, group exercises and mock cases
– Online activities between the residential blocks
– Diploma released by the European University Institute, a unique international academic institution specialized in post-graduate studies

Online applications are open until 30th June 2017.

For further information concerning the FCP Annual Training, please visit our webpage.

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 of retail companies in the 28 EU Member States and Norway.

 For further information about this project, please get in touch via email.

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 legal assessment of the regulatory framework, the creation of an openness scoring, market case studies and the development of best practices in the sector.  The results of the study are expected in September 2017.

 For further information on collaborative economy regulatory issues at the EU or Member State level, or to enquire about this project, please get in touch via email.

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 evidence where the PCI framework may not be delivering as expected. Second, it is to assist the Commission in assessing the impacts of a number of alternative policy scenarios in the framework of Trans-European Energy Networks. The study is expected to last 12 months.

 

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 research on rights attached to different levels of minority shareholdings. On the basis of the data collected, the study analyses the modalities of merger control of minority acquisitions in the various jurisdictions, in order to present important considerations which any EU regime being designed should consider. Finally, the study considers whether it is possible to define a level below which shareholding might be generally considered to be passive.

For further information please see the link:  http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publications/reports/KD0416839ENN.pdf

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 comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. This objective will be achieved through an inventory of current legislation in all EU Member States, an analysis of personal data processing practices in Anti-Doping in sport, the identification of gaps with respect to the lawful processing of personal data in this context and provide guidance in closing these gaps through regulatory action. The results of the study are expected in Spring 2017.

For further information on data protection issues at the EU or Member State level, or to enquire about the contract, please get in touch via email.

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 experts. The project helps to lay the ground for new EU legislation relating to security of electricity supply in Europe to be proposed by the European Commission in the near future, as part of a broader set of initiatives to reform the EU framework governing electricity markets.

The study provided the European Commission with a complete overview of the various provisions and practices and of the gaps and inconsistencies between the national strategies in relation to risk assessment, risk preparedness and emergency situations in the area of electricity of supply. The conclusions to this study show a relatively fragmented landscape among Member States. Security of electricity supply may, in a number of Member States, still be considered a national issue, although it can be seen that (bilateral and regional) cooperation is starting to develop at the policy level (while this is much more established at a technical level (TSOs, DSOs)).

For further information regarding the legal framework of security of electricity supply, this specific project or other EU law queries, contact us on info@sparklegalnetwork.eu