Archives of EU Law

Updates on legal developments in European Union law

Gene editing and the integrity of the genetic identity — are new legal tools required?

First published on Medium by Anastasios A. Antoniou  Mutagenesis is a set of techniques allowing the modification of the genome of a living organism without the insertion of foreign DNA. Emerging mutagenesis techniques include gene editing through clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (“CRISPR”).[1] Cas9 is an enzyme that uses CRISPR sequences as a guide […]
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EU adopts temporary State aid rules for the COVID-19 outbreak

With a view to containing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU economy, the European Commission adopted temporary State aid measures (the “Temporary Framework”), to increase the flexibility of Member states in supporting their national economies. This is not an unprecedented step, as the Commission had adopted a Temporary Framework in 2008, in response […]
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Agreement reached on EU Crowdfunding Regulation

The Council and the European Parliament reached agreement in late 2019 on the European Commission’s proposal for a crowdfunding regulation. The proposed legislation will apply to European Crowdfunding Service Providers for crowdfunding campaigns of up to 5 million euro, calculated over a period of 12 months per project owner. The financial return model is either […]
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EU Blockchain Observatory & Forum releases report on the legal and regulatory framework of blockchains and smart contracts

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum publishes its 6th report, titled Legal and regulatory framework of blockchains and smart contracts. The report provides an overview of legal issues as they pertain to blockchain technology, and in particular issues that arise due to the decentralised nature of many blockchain-based platforms. The report assesses legal implications of […]
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EU Regulation on Screening of Foreign Direct Investment

Background EU institutions have completed the co-legislative lifecycle for the text of the regulation on the screening of foreign direct investment into the EU (the “Regulation“).   The Regulation comes at a critical point, seeing as the EU is the main destination for foreign direct investment (“FDI“) globally, with €6 295 billion of foreign investment […]
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