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2nd EU Study on Corruption in the Healthcare Sector released: What you should do...

On October 7, 2017, the EU Commission published its updated study on corruption in the EU healthcare sector. Companies in the healthcare industry should rethink their policies and procedures based on the results of this Europe-wide study.

European Union introduces European Public Prosecutor’s Office to fight crimes against the EU

20 EU Member States agreed to implement the European Public Prosecutor's Office, a new European institution for the prosecution and investigation of crimes against the EU budget.

Compliance Benchmark 2017: Quantifying the Fundamentals

We have summarized the results of the compliance studies of the past 12 months and summarized the results in this post. Find out how you measure up against the benchmark.

Russia partially lifts foreign trade sanctions against Turkey

On May 31, 2017 the Russian President signed a Decree on repeal of a number of foreign trade measures against Turkey. The Decree repeals several prohibitions.

Webinar: The latest on compliance, sanctions and trade restrictions in Ukraine – video files

On 25 April 2017, the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie held a webinar on implementing efficient compliance programs in Ukraine for multinational companies and featured an update on Ukrainian sanctions and trade restrictions, including trade restrictions introduced in relation to Russia and the Crimea, as well as an update on Occupied Territories in the East of Ukraine.

Czech criminal court has terminated proceedings against a legal entity due to implementation of...

The Municipal court in Prague ruled that criminal proceedings against a company will be terminated because the company "has used all efforts to prevent the commitment of the crime" by one of its managing employees and therefore fulfilled the conditions for its exculpation.

Poland: Pilot Programme for Whistleblowers

The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection confirmed that it has launched a pilot programme intended to acquire information from so-called whistleblowers.

Ukraine: Typical Anti-Corruption Program for Legal Entity is approved

On 2 March 2017 the National Agency on Corruption Prevention approved the Typical Anti-Corruption Programme for Legal Entities. Certain legal entities must adopt an Anti-Corruption Programme in line with the Typical Programme.

Final Text of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

On 24 January 2017, the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade approved the the Conflict Minerals Regulation. This paves the way for the text to be formally adopted by the EU institutions in the coming months.

EU’s highest Court confirms that automated messages can put recipients on the hook for...

Eturas runs the e-commerce back-end of 30 travel agents in Lithuania. An administrator message to each member informed them that the e-commerce functionality allowing each travel agent to grant discounts would be capped at 3 per cent. That message appeared in part of the system relating to information messages. The Court of Justice found that administrator messages could be the basis of illegal cartel type conduct.

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