New Study – Enforcement of State aid rules and decisions by national courts

Spark Legal Network, in collaboration with the European University Institute, Ecorys and Caselex, is carrying out the study on the enforcement of State aid rules and decisions by national courts, for the European Commission (DG COMP).

The aim of the Study is to provide a comprehensive overview of the enforcement of State aid rules by national courts since 2007. The Study covers all 28 Member States and gathers information regarding the most relevant rulings adopted by national courts on State aid matters at all levels of jurisdiction, from first to last instance courts.

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

Publication of the Final Report of the “study to support the review of Directive 2003/98/EC on the re-use of public sector information”

Deloitte, Open Evidence, WIK Consult, time.lex, the Lisbon Council and Spark Legal Network have completed 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). Based on the best data available, this study provides an evaluation of the implementation the PSI Directive and of the changes introduced by revision of the PSI Directive in 2013. It also provides an assessment of the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and added value of the PSI Directive and builds on this to offer some policy options and perspectives for the future.

Study on the future relationship between the UK and the EU following Brexit in the field of the protection of personal data for general processing activities and for processing for law enforcement purposes

Spark Legal Network is participating in the study on the future relationship between the UK and the EU following Brexit in the field of the protection of personal data for general processing activities and for processing for law enforcement purposes (European Parliament’s LIBE Committee).

The objective of this study is to have an overview of the legal and institutional prerequisites for the continuation of exchanging and processing of personal data between the UK and the EU following Brexit and in view of a future agreement.

The study is expected to last 3 months. For further information about this project, please get in touch via email.

Study on assessing the independence and effectiveness of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in the field of energy

Spark Legal Network, in collaboration with Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Trinomics BV, is carrying out the study on “Assessing the independence and effectiveness of National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in the field of energy”.

The general objective of the study is to assess the independence of the national regulatory authorities in the field of energy and their effectiveness in performing key identified tasks in the following 12 Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The outcome of the study will analyse the implementation practice and focus on issues encountered by NRAs both as regards their independence and their effectiveness. The study will strive to identify for each issue their causes and consequences.

The study is expected to last 10 months. For further information about this project, please get in touch via email.

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.

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