Questions and answers from the EU: June 2012

4 June 2012

Directive 2002/91, on the energy performance of buildings, was introduced to improve the energy performance of buildings and to reduce the amount of carbon they produce. In 2010, the European Parliament and Council agreed to revise and extend the scope of the original directive, strengthen certain provisions and clarify other aspects. In particular, the requirements for issuing and displaying Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were extended and there are now more comprehensive requirements for the inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems.

News from the EU

4 June 2012

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the terms of the EU Merger Regulation into a proposed joint venture (JV) in the UK between Vodafone, Telefónica and Everything Everywhere. Preliminary checks have indicated potential competition concerns in the emerging markets of mobile payment applications supply (so-called mobile wallets), mobile advertising and related data analytics services, where the JV may have very high market shares. Together with its three parent companies, it may have the technical and commercial ability and incentive to block future competitors from offering their own mobile wallet services to UK customers, or to affect the quality of these competing services so that they become less attractive.

Health claims on food

4 June 2012

Henrietta Clarke reports on the adoption of the list of permitted nutrition and health claims regarding foods in the EU.

More protection for posted workers

4 June 2012

Paul Clarke reports on new rules put forward by the European Commission to increase the protection of posted workers, employed in an EU Member State other than the State in which they normally work.

Questions and answers 2012

29 May 2012

Sandra Strong, of Strong and Herd, answers recent enquiries about International Trade issues.

Anti-dumping duties brought down

4 May 2012

The EU and US agreed on 6 February 2012 to bring excessive American anti-dumping duties down to World Trade Organization (WTO) levels. Henrietta Clarke outlines the implications of this change.