ECB announces changes to new targeted longer-term refinancing operations

nterest rate on TLTRO III operations to be reduced Rate can be as low as the average interest rate on deposit facility Maturity extended to three years, from two years, with repayment option after two years The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) today decided to modify some of the key parameters of […]

Copyright protection may not be granted to designs on the sole ground that, over and above their practical purpose, they produce a specific aesthetic effect

The Supremo Tribunal de Justiça (Supreme Court, Portugal) has before it a dispute between Cofemel – Sociedade de Vestuário, SA (‘Cofemel’) and G-Star Raw CV (‘G-Star’), two companies which are both active in the sector of design, production and sale of clothing. The dispute concerns compliance with copyright claimed by G-Star, which accuses Cofemel of […]

A German provision prohibiting internet search engines from using newspaper or magazine snippets without the publisher’s authorisation must be disregarded in the absence of its prior notification to the Commission

VG Media, a German copyright management organisation, brought an action for damages against Google before the Landgericht Berlin (Regional Court, Berlin, Germany) claiming that Google infringed rights related to copyright of some of its members, namely publishers of newspapers or magazines. It claims that since 1 August 2013 Google has used, on its search engine […]

How to accelerate change towards sustainability?

There is growing recognition that achieving prosperity within environmental limits requires fundamental changes in core systems of production and consumption. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, published today, identifies ten focus areas for enabling sustainability transitions.  Image © Eszter Barbara Bakó, My City /EEA The EEA report ‘Sustainability transitions: policy and practice’ identifies policy […]

Press Release: European Parliament recognises the progress made by EASO to reform its governance

On 4-5 September 2019, the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Ms. Nina Gregori, held meetings in Brussels with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) forming part of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Budgetary Control (CONT). She also presented to, and participated in, productive […]

Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 2-5 September 2019

PRAC starts review of data on skin cancer with Picato EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) has started a review of data on skin cancer in patients using Picato (ingenol mebutate), a gel for treating actinic keratosis, a skin condition caused by too much sunlight exposure. The review was triggered by data from several studies showing a […]