Other news - November 2013

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Commission proposes rules to help protect against the theft of confidential business information

28/11/2013

The new rules introduce a common definition of trade secrets, as well as means through which victims of trade secret misappropriation can obtain redress. They will make it easier for national courts to deal with the misappropriation of confidential business information, to remove the trade secret infringing products from the market and make it easier for victims to receive damages for illegal actions.

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Michel Barnier
Commissioner Barnier replies to emails calling for stronger rules to stop unfair trading practices between supermarkets and their suppliers

28/11/2013

Commissioner Barnier has received a large number of identical emails calling for stronger and enforced rules at the EU level to stop unfair trading practices between supermarkets and their suppliers. Given the amount of received messages, it was not possible for the Commissioner to reply individually to each sender, so he chose to reply on this website.

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Copyright
Licences for Europe: industry pledges solutions to make more content available in the Digital Single Market

13/11/2013

“Licences for Europe” is a stakeholder dialogue launched in February this year by the European Commission to deliver industry-led solutions to address practical barriers to the circulation of content in the digital age. The closing event of “Licences for Europe” took place today in Brussels. Participants made pledges to sort out problems that consumers, right holders, service providers, and end users face on a daily basis.

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Philippe Maystadt
Maystadt’s report: enhancing the EU’s role in international accounting standard-setting

12/11/2013

The financial crisis raised the awareness of numerous economic stakeholders and political decision-makers on the potential impact of accounting standards on the results made public by companies and on the economy as a whole. In March 2013 Commissioner Barnier, mandated Philippe Maystadt, former Belgian Federal Minister, to examine ways of reinforcing the EU’s contribution to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and improving the governance of the European bodies involved in developing these standards.

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Kris Peeters and Michel Barnier
The Oosterweel Project: joint press release of Commissioner Barnier/Kris Peeters

04/11/2013

Commissioner Barnier and Minister-President of Flanders, Kris Peeters, met today in Brussels. The meeting was to discuss the issues related to European public procurement law raised in the context of the Oosterweel project to complete the Antwerp ring.

 

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