Briefing 
 

Trade secrets 

Draft rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets are up for final vote on Thursday. MEPs inserted safeguards to ensure that new rules wil not restrict the work of journalists or deter whistle-blowing. The vote confirms an informal agreement with Council, reached in December 2015.

In the negotiations with member states, MEPs insisted the new directive should not curb the freedom and pluralism of the media or restrict the work of journalists, in particular with regard to their investigations and the protection of their sources.

Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading agreement

2013/0402(COD)

Debate: Wednesday, 13 April

Vote: Thursday, 14 April

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