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Next Committee meetings will take place
- on 19. January 2015, 15.00 - 18.30 (Brussels)
- on 20. January 2015, 9.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30 (Brussels)
 
 
 
 
 
 

   
 
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Trade marks negotiations to continue in January

 
Joint statement by the European Parliament negotiating team and the Italian Presidency of the Council with regards to the trade marks package
 
During the autumn of 2014 all three Institutions of the European Union have been working very hard to achieve without any undue delays an adoption of the Trade Marks package.
 
Despite the broad consensus on many aspects of the proposal the parties have considered that some additional time is needed in order to be able to arrive at a final conclusion on all essential elements of the package. Thus the co-legislators have decided jointly to postpone the final trilogue scheduled originally for December 16. The new date of this trilogue will be communicated shortly. This will also enable the co-legislators to ensure that the drafting of the final proposal is of the highest possible quality.
 
An agreement has already been reached on many issues, including notably the treatment of goods in transit and small consignments.
 
The negotiating team of the European Parliament would like to express its sincere appreciation to the Italian presidency for the remarkable progress that has been achieved in such short time on a technically complex dossier. The negotiating team considers that the compromise proposals put forward by Coreper constitute a very good foundation for reaching a final and complete agreement on the package in the first months of the next year. This would not have been possible without the considerable efforts of the Italian presidency.
 
The Presidency of the Council would like to thank the negotiating team of the European Parliament for its active commitment and cooperation on this complex proposal and to express its gratitude to the delegations in the Council for their constructive support in view of a final agreement by the two co-legislators.
 
 
On behalf of the negotiating team of the European Parliament
 
Cecilia Wikström
 
 
On behalf of the Presidency of the Council
 
Marco Peronaci
 
 

   
 
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