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December 2004

Background

The acquis in this chapter covers very different legislative fields: company law in the strict sense e.g. directives on the public disclosure on the identity of those empowered to represent a company, its financial situation, raising, maintenance and alteration of capital of public liability companies, accounting law, protection of intellectual and industrial property rights, as well as the Regulation replacing the Brussels Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters and the Rome Convention on the law applicable to contractual obligations.

The main issues at stake in this chapter are:

  1. the protection of industrial property rights for pharmaceutical products within the enlarged Union,
  2. enforcement of IPR, in particular the fight against piracy and counterfeiting, and
  3. Community Trademark (CTM) where the Union has proposed an automatic extension of the existing CTM to the territory of the Candidate Countries.

State of Play

The chapter has been closed with Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Malta in December 2002. It has also been closed with Bulgaria and Romania in December 2004.

Compliance with the acquis

The latest assessment of each candidate country’s compliance with the acquis under this chapter heading, can be found in the 2004 Regular Reports and in the Comprehensive Monitoring Reports, available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/archives/key_documents/reports_2004_en.htm.

Country by Country

Bulgaria

  • Chapter opened: May 2000
  • Status: closed in December 2004 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Bulgaria has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Cyprus (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: December 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Cyprus has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Czech Republic (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: December 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • The Czech Republic has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Estonia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: September 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Estonia has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Hungary (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: September 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Hungary has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Latvia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: July 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Latvia has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Lithuania (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: July 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Lithuania has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Malta (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: September 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in November 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Malta has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Poland (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: December 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in December 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Poland has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Romania

  • Chapter opened: March 2001
  • Status: closed in December 2004 (provisionally closed in December 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Romania has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Slovakia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: November 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Slovakia has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark

Slovenia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: December 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in June 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements:
    • Slovenia has accepted the EU's proposal on pharmaceutical products and Community Trademark
- updated: 17/12/2004
 
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