Article 97 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires the European Commission to present a report on the evaluation and review of this Regulation by 25 May 2020.
The EU could soon make class actions possible. VDMA warns against waves of lawsuits against medium-sized companies.
Bureaucratic hurdles concerning the posting of employees within the EU are a burden for mechanical engineering and especially for SMEs.
The Commission published on 25 September 2019 a report on the application and implementation of the Enforcement Directive on the posting of workers in the EU Member States.
On 7 October, the so-called Whistleblower Directive was formally adopted by the European Council of Ministers.
The European Commission proposed in January 2017 a new Regulation concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing current Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications).
In July 2019, the Finnish EU Presidency started preparing a Council position on the evaluation and review of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The European Data Portal of the European Commission (in collaboration with a consortium) provides metadata of public sector information.
The French legislator has reformed areas of French economic and competition law by means of Ordinance No. 2019-359 of 24 April 2019.
Following the agreement of the European Parliament on 16 April 2019, the Council adopted on 13 June 2019 a Regulation establishing a European Labour Authority (ELA).
On 15 April 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted legislation consisting of a Directive on contracts for the supply of digital content and services (also known as the Digital Content Directive) and a Directive on contractual aspects of the sale of goods (also known as the Sale of Goods Directive).
On 20 February 2019, the first judgement relating to Brexit was published. The High Court of London had to decide on the termination of a commercial lease agreement concluded under English law on the grounds of frustration due to Brexit, frustration being the English equivalent of the German “Störung der Geschäftsgrundlage” pursuant to §§ 313, 314 BGB.
Since December 2018, the EU institutions have been negotiating a proposal for a regulation establishing an EU Labour Authority (ELA). A preliminary agreement was reached on 14.02.2019.
The EU Parliament, the EU Council and the EU Commission have reached a preliminary agreement on the Directive on transparent and reliable working conditions within the framework of the so-called trialogue on 7 February 2019. The planned Directive represents a recast of the previous Detection Directive 91/533/EEC.
As current developments show, there is still no agreement between the UK and the EU on the Brexit issue: the scenario of an unregulated Brexit on 29 March 2019, i.e. in little more than a month, is becoming more and more probable.
In view of the current developments in Great Britain, the scenario of an unregulated Brexit be-comes more and more probable. This has far-reaching consequences for British companies such as Ltd. or PLC. with administrative headquarters in Germany.
The EU is working on a uniform European sales law, but the mechanical engineering industry will probably remain largely unaffected.
Niels Karssen
Niels Karssen

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