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Next Committee meeting will take place in Brussels:
 - on 24 September 2014, 09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30 and on 25 September 2014, 09.00 - 12.30.

Workshop on Upcoming issues of EU law

The Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a workshop on 24 September from 15.00 to 18.00 in room PHS B 001, entitled 'Upcoming issues of EU law'. The purpose of the workshop is to look at avenues for future development in EU law and general and the areas of responsibility of the committee in particular.

Further information
EPIP Conference – Improving Innovation Systems, 4.-5.9.2014

A conference was organised in the European Parliament’s premises in Brussels, on 4.9. from 9.00-13.00 & 14.00-17.30 and on 5.9. from 9.00-12.30 & 14.00-18.00.
It focused on how intellectual property rights policy can improve innovation systems.
The event was organised jointly by the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association, DG Markt (European Commission) and the Committee on Legal Affairs.

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The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency are being outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers on 2 and 3 September, following a first series of meetings held on 22 and 23 July. This text will be updated after each session.

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