European Union



  • SEP Regulation: the draft regulation concerning the licensing of standard essential patents takes a significant step towards becoming law

    The European Parliament has approved the Regulation on Standard Essential Patents, whose main objective is to facilitate the  licensing of these patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms. The text must be still approved by the Member States.
  • The European Parliament approves the Directive on Greenwashing

    The new European regulation, which aims to prevent unfair commercial practices, will have to continue its process before the Council of the EU for its final approval and its subsequent publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
  • OJEU publishes the first set of sustainability reporting standards (ESRS)

    They will apply for fiscal years starting on or after January 1, 2024.
  • The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, a step closer to final approval

    The Council and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the future directive on corporate sustainability due diligence.
  • The proposed corporate sustainability due diligence directive: a huge challenge that companies need to be prepared for

    Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the legislation being prepared by the European Union in this area and, more specifically, the proposal for a directive on corporate sustainability due diligence, has been analyzed in a new edition of the Garrigues Sustainable Dialogs, featuring the Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs and experts from Garrigues.
  • 2024 European Commission Work Programme adopted

    The programme includes proposals to simplify the current sustainability reporting framework.
  • The new energy efficiency directive imposes a reduction in energy consumption by at least 11.7% for 2030

    A number of measures to promote energy efficiency are laid down and the legislation will have to be adopted before January 2025.
  • The challenges of European AI regulation for the financial sector

    Artificial intelligence has enormous potential for financial institutions. Therefore, in addressing its regulation, the aim is to provide a framework of legal certainty to facilitate its adoption and also to address the challenges and risks for the sector, customers and supervisors.
  • The European Commission approves the first set of sustainability reporting standards to be used by companies

    In compliance with the mandate given in the corporate sustainability reporting directive (CSRD), the European Commission has approved a delegated act adopting the first set of reporting standards.
  • The European Parliament approves its position on the Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

    With this vote, the European Parliament has taken another step in the approval of the Due Diligence Directive (known by the acronyms CS3D/CSDD), aim of which is to ensure that companies operating in the internal market adopt measures to identify, prevent, mitigate, bring to an end and remedy the adverse human rights and environmental impacts of their activities, as well as those of their subsidiaries or value chains.