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The Thirteenth Amendment to the Atomic Energy Act is for the Most Part Compatible with the Basic Law of Germany
12.12.2016

The Thirteenth Amendment to the Atomic Energy Act is for the Most Part Compatible with the Basic Law of Germany

The provisions of the Thirteenth Act Amending the Atomic Energy Act of 31 July 2011 (Dreizehntes Gesetzes zur Änderung des Atomgesetzes ­– 13. AtG-Novelle – 13th AtG Amendment)

Clarification on the European Fiscal Board
26.10.2016

Clarification on the European Fiscal Board

Last October, the Commission decided to set up a European Fiscal Board as an independent advisory board on the fiscal matters. The Board shall provide to the Commission an evaluation of the implementation of the Union fiscal framework.

The European Court of Justice clarified the Brussels II bis Regulation
21.10.2016

The European Court of Justice clarified the Brussels II bis Regulation

On 13th October 2016 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a preliminary ruling clarifying some aspects of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 (Brussels II bis Regulation).

Fixed-term contracts to cover permanent needs in the healthcare sector are contrary to EU law. The use of such contracts cannot be justified by the requirement to cover temporary needs
27.09.2016

Fixed-term contracts to cover permanent needs in the healthcare sector are contrary to EU law. The use of such contracts cannot be justified by the requirement to cover temporary needs

The European Court of Justice has pointed out that the framework agreement requires Member States to make provision in their legislation, with a view to preventing abusive use of fixed-term contracts, for at least one of the following three measures by any means they choose: (1) the objective grounds on which renewal of the fixed-term contract may be justified, (2) the total maximum duration for which such contracts may be concluded successively and (3) the number of possible renewals of such contracts.

    Reform of the judicial framework of the Court of Justice of the European Union
15.09.2016

Reform of the judicial framework of the Court of Justice of the European Union

Following the approval of the reform of the judicial framework of the Court of Justice of the European Union on 16 December 2015, the regulation on the transfer to the General Court of jurisdiction at first instance in disputes between the European Union and its servants, adopted on 6 July 2016, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 26 July 2016. It applies from 1 September 2016.

  Fines of almost €150 million have been imposed on several undertakings in the context of an infringement intended to delay the marketing of generic versions of the antidepressant citalopram.
10.09.2016

Fines of almost €150 million have been imposed on several undertakings in the context of an infringement intended to delay the marketing of generic versions of the antidepressant citalopram.

The Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck is specialized in researching and marketing of new medical products. In the late 1970s the company developed and patented an antidepressant, which has an active ingredient called “citalopram”.

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