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Meetings schedule

Next Committee meetings will take place
- on 1. December 2014, 15.00 - 18.30 (Brussels)
- on 2. December 2014, 9.00-12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30 (Brussels)

Annual Conference of The European Judicial Training Network

The JURI and LIBE committees will be hosting the annual conference of directors of the European Judicial Training Network in the European Parliament on 11 and 12 December. This will be of particular interest as one of the main focuses of the event will be the exchange of best practices, as encouraged by the pilot project promoted by the committees.

Hearing on Shareholders' Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a hearing on 2 December, from 15.00 to 16.30, in room ASP 3G3, entitled 'The Revision of the Shareholders' Rights Directive'. The purpose of the hearing is to allow Members to hear the point of view of experts and stakeholders on how best to ensure that shareholders can exercise their rights effectively.

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Briefings on the hearings of the Commissioners

Briefings about the commitments made at the hearings of
  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights,
  • Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President in charge of Budget and Human Resources,
  • Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
are available on the following web pages:

Hearings on administrative law and on copyright

The Committee on Legal Affairs held a hearing on 10 November, from 15.00 to 16.00, in room ASP 1G3, entitled 'Recent developments of EU Administrative Law'. A further hearing was held on 11 November, from 16.00 to 18.30, entitled 'The future development of copyright in Europe'.

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Presentation and responsibilities
Committee responsible for:
1. the interpretation, application and monitoring of Union law and compliance of Union acts with primary law, notably the choice of  legal bases and respect for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;
2. the interpretation and application of international law, in so far as the European Union is affected;
3. better law-making and the simplification of Union law;
4. the legal protection of Parliament's rights and prerogatives, including its involvement in actions before the Court of Justice of the European Union;
5. Union acts which affect the Member States' legal order, namely in the fields of:
  1. civil and commercial law,
  2. company law,
  3. intellectual property law,  
  4. procedural law;
6. measures concerning judicial and administrative cooperation in civil matters;
7. environmental liability and sanctions against environmental crime;
8. ethical questions related to new technologies, applying the procedure with associated committees with the relevant committees;
9. the Statute for Members and the Staff Regulations of the European Union;
10. privileges and immunities as well as verification of Members' credentials;
11. the organisation and statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union;
12. the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.
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Welcome to the website of the Committee on Legal Affairs

Responsible for intellectual property, the committee will be dealing in this legislature with the reform of the EU's trademark rules, trade secrets and the future of copyright, following its previous work on digital rights management and copyright in the information society.
As far as concerns company law, its first priorities will be to finish work on the new insolvency rules and consider the new proposal on single member private limited companies. At the same time, the committee will be maintaining its focus on citizens, families and businesses in the internal market with the forthcoming review of the private international law rules on jurisdiction and recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and  matters of parental responsibility (including child abduction) and the proposal for updating the small claims procedure.
Lastly, the committee helps Parliament as a whole build an informed opinion on a number of very technical issues, including supervising the use of delegated and implementing legislation, ensuring proper consideration is given to input from national Parliaments under the subsidiarity mechanism and taking decisions on the defence of Parliament's interests in court.
I hope that you will find this website informative and would like to thank you for your interest in the Committee on Legal Affairs.
Pavel Svoboda, Chair