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Vulcan Insight: Analysis of the Latest EU Developments

Friday, January 17th, 2020

General Election in Ireland kicks off Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ended weeks of speculation on Tuesday as went to the President to ask him to dissolve parliament, paving the way for a general election on Saturday, February 8. His Fine Gael-led minority government served in power for four years, with support from the main opposition party […]

What Technology Businesses and Investors Should Know About the New CFIUS Rules

Friday, January 17th, 2020

On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued final rules fully implementing the new powers granted to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the Committee). Congress provided these new powers via the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), which significantly enhances the Committee’s ability […]

“Refreshing Transatlantic Trade Relations”: Keynote Address by Commissioner Phil Hogan at CSIS

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your warm welcome and happy new year! I am very pleased to be here with you this morning. This is the first of what I expect will be many visits to Washington as European Trade Commissioner. Of course as an Irishman I feel very much at home in America […]

Plenary Highlights: European Green Deal, Future of Europe, Brexit

Friday, January 17th, 2020

During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU. Parliament supported the European Commission’s plan for the EU to become climate neutral by 2050 on Wednesday and called for a higher 2030 emissions reduction target […]

The EU-UK Future Relationship: EU Announces Its Timetable For Cross-Border Equivalence In Financial Services

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

The U.K. House of Commons has approved the Withdrawal Agreement. Assuming this is ratified by the EU, and Royal Assent is achieved in time, the U.K. will leave the EU on January 31, 2020, entering into a “transition” or “implementation” period during which most of the EU’s arrangements and legal regime will continue to apply […]

Osborne Clarke Timelone for Brexit 2020

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Timeline for Brexit 2020 7 January Withdrawal Agreement Bill returned to the House of Commons. 9 January Third reading of the WAB and end of Commons stages of the WAB. 13 January WAB passed to the House of Lords. Although some Lords may attempt to amend the WAB, the House itself will be mindful that […]

The Old-Fashioned Phone

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

By Joanna Dodd Massey, CEO, JDMA Inc I had a conversation at dinner with a colleague about the different ways younger and older generations communicate. Broadly speaking, Millennials prefer email, text, Instagram DM and Slack (or other instant-messaging business apps). Gen Z favors text, Slack and Snapchat. Gen X and Baby Boomers are still into […]

Parliament Supports European Green Deal and Pushes for Even Higher Ambitions

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted on Wednesday its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December. MEPs welcome the European Green Deal and support an […]

Visit of EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan is in Washington, DC (January 13-16) for meetings with the U.S. Administration, Congress, the IMF, and business leaders. This will include meetings with the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, the Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, and Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross. This is the first trip that Commissioner Hogan is taking […]

EU, U.S. and Japan Agree on New Ways to Strengthen Global Rules on Industrial Subsidies

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

In a Joint Statement issued today, representatives of the European Union, the United States and Japan announced their agreement to strengthen existing rules on industrial subsidies and condemned forced technology transfers practices. In a meeting held in Washington, D.C., the EU, the U.S. and Japan agreed that the current list of subsidies prohibited under the World Trade […]