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EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

7 September 2017

By Jacky Scanlan-Dyas

On July 6, Japan and the EU reached an "agreement in principle" on a future "Economic Partnership Agreement". The partnership has been hailed by the European Commission as "the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU" and is dedicated not just to reducing tariffs and non-tariff barriers, but also commits both parties to develop sustainability, including implementation of the Paris climate agreement. Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, spoke of "the birth of the world's largest free, industrialised economic zone," which is not an overstatement, given that between them they represent 19% of global GDP and 38% of goods export.

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Jurisdictions: Japan

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UK publishes position paper on "Continuity in the availability of goods for the EU and the UK"

25 August 2017

By Helen Kimberley and Josefine Crona

In a position paper published on Monday (21 August 2017), the UK Government has outlined its priorities for the upcoming negotiations in respect of the availability of goods and services following the UK's withdrawal from the EU in March 2019. This follows a position paper published by the European Commission in July relating to goods placed on the market before the withdrawal date.

Although the proposals do not consider a long term framework for goods and services, the paper hints at the UK's intentions for a future solution by acknowledging the mutual benefits of the longstanding trading relationship between the UK and the EU and emphasising the Government's objective of maintaining the "freest possible future economic relationship" based on the existing common regulatory system. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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A Difficult Decision for EMA

4 August 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter

The bids to host the EMA are in! We have reviewed all of them and give you our personal impressions on what to expect.

After the EMA has announced the development of a business continuity plan to deal with the workload implications that are accompanied by Brexit and the Agency's relocation, the most important question is still unanswered. EMA, where will you call home? As part of the selection procedure, starting now, nineteen cities submitted their pitches for hosting the EMA. Unsurprisingly, the contestants are Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lille, Malta, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zagreb. The submission of the offers will be followed by the European Commission's assessment of the offers based on agreed criteria (e.g. providing appropriate offices that are near an airport or the existence of adequate education facilities for the children of agency staff), and in November 2017, the 27 member states will vote and decide where EMA will relocate in a voting process similar to the process used for the decision on the relocation of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare

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UK moves to implement Trade Secrets Directive

25 July 2017

By Sarah Turner

Tomorrow Hogan Lovells will join other interested parties at a round table meeting convened by the UK Intellectual Property Office to discuss the proposed approach to implementation of the new Trade Secrets Directive into English law.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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The Repeal Bill: Understanding the small print

13 July 2017

By Charles BrastedPeter WattsJulia Marlow and Telha Arshad

The Government took the first step to implementing one of its key Brexit policies today. The long-awaited Repeal Bill, formally named the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which was first announced in October last year, has been published for its First Reading in the House of Commons.

The principal aim of the Bill is to transpose EU law into UK law, where practically possible, on withdrawal, thereby retaining all rules derived from EU law as they currently apply.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom