Two instructive blog posts on the weak rights of third parties in State aid procedures have most recently appeared, by Prof. Leigh Hancher (see here) and by Juliette Delarue (see here). Reading those can only be recommended — they set the right tone as regards the disappointing AG General Opinion in Commission v. Tempus EnergyContinue reading “The AG Opinion in Commission v. Tempus Energy (C-57/19 P) or the risk of a further weakening of third party rights in State aid procedures”
On 12 July 2021, the European Parliament (the “EP“) and the Council reached an informal agreement on the revision of the Aarhus Regulation to ensure that EU administrative acts are in line with EU green goals. It expands the list of subjects who can challenge EU acts to include members of the public and broadensContinue reading “The long battle of environmental lawyers for better public scrutiny of EU acts: where do we stand?”
On 9 July 2021, the European Commission has published the long awaited drafts of the revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and Guidelines on Vertical Restraints (“Vertical Guidelines”), contextually launching a public consultation to gather stakeholders’ feedback before the adoption of the new rules planned by June 2022. This follows a review process of moreContinue reading “Vertical agreements soon to see revised rules: the Commission’s draft VBER and Vertical Guidelines are open for comments”
On 6 May 2021, the Commission has published a staff working document (“SWD“, see here) on its evaluation of the two Horizontal block exemption regulations (‘HBERs‘, expiring on 31 December 2022) – Regulations (EU) No 1217/2010 (R&D BER) and 1218/2010 (Specialisation BER) – and its Horizontal Cooperation Guidelines.
The Commission is assessing how its competition policy can best contribute to the objectives of the Green Deal.