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A Difficult Decision for EMA

4 August 2017

By Dr. Tanja Eisenblätter

The bids to host the EMA are in! We have reviewed all of them and give you our personal impressions on what to expect.

After the EMA has announced the development of a business continuity plan to deal with the workload implications that are accompanied by Brexit and the Agency's relocation, the most important question is still unanswered. EMA, where will you call home? As part of the selection procedure, starting now, nineteen cities submitted their pitches for hosting the EMA. Unsurprisingly, the contestants are Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Lille, Malta, Milan, Porto, Sofia, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zagreb. The submission of the offers will be followed by the European Commission's assessment of the offers based on agreed criteria (e.g. providing appropriate offices that are near an airport or the existence of adequate education facilities for the children of agency staff), and in November 2017, the 27 member states will vote and decide where EMA will relocate in a voting process similar to the process used for the decision on the relocation of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL).

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UK moves to implement Trade Secrets Directive

25 July 2017

By Sarah Turner

Tomorrow Hogan Lovells will join other interested parties at a round table meeting convened by the UK Intellectual Property Office to discuss the proposed approach to implementation of the new Trade Secrets Directive into English law.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom

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The Repeal Bill: Understanding the small print

13 July 2017

By Charles BrastedPeter WattsJulia Marlow and Telha Arshad

The Government took the first step to implementing one of its key Brexit policies today. The long-awaited Repeal Bill, formally named the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which was first announced in October last year, has been published for its First Reading in the House of Commons.

The principal aim of the Bill is to transpose EU law into UK law, where practically possible, on withdrawal, thereby retaining all rules derived from EU law as they currently apply.

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Why the Repeal Bill is central to making Brexit a success

11 July 2017

By Peter Watts and Andrew Eaton

The Government's highly anticipated, formerly 'Great', Repeal Bill – to be published this Thursday,13 July 2017 – is likely to be the most constitutionally significant legislation enacted by the UK Parliament since the European Communities Act 1972, which took the UK into the European Economic Community and which the Repeal Bill is set to repeal and replace.

In this blog, we look ahead to what the Bill is expected to do, what happens next and the consequences of Parliament failing to pass the Repeal Bill into legislation before the UK leaves the EU.

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New UK Brexit Health Alliance Formed

6 July 2017

By Jane SummerfieldHelen Kimberley and Julia Fraser

A "Brexit Health Alliance" (BHA) has been formed to bring together a diverse range of UK stakeholders in the healthcare industry and provide a single voice for the sector on Brexit-related issues. 

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Industries: Life Sciences and Healthcare