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The UK government will shortly bring new EU rules on industrial espionage into law. But civil society is concerned that these new rules risk creating a chilling effect on future corporate whistle-blowers and those who report their stories.

The European Parliament approved the Trade Secrets Protection directive by a large majority.

Today, the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee voted on a report by French conservative MEP Constance Le Grip on the Commission's proposal for a directive protecting so-called “trade secrets”.
Va-t-on assister à l'apparition d'un label « secrets des affaires » pour les entreprises, comparable au « secret défense » des états ? Ce dernier leur permet de s'opposer à la publication de certaines informations jugées trop sensibles, et de poursuivre en justice ceux qui se risqueraient à les publier sans son autorisation. L'utilisation possible de tels outils contre des lanceurs d'alerte, journalistes, syndicalistes... fait craindre une régression importante.

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Getting a good data transparency legislation for food safety in the EU is now within reach, following EU Parliament vote on General Food Law reform.

Lobbying around the EU Copyright Directive has been intense: big-budget tech platforms led by Google as well as tech industry trade associations on one side, historically important collecting societies, the creative industries and publishers on the other. The interests and opinions of citizens have become sidelined in the resulting turmoil.

Czech journalist and Corporate Europe Observatory board member Jakub Patočka explains what the rise of oligarchs and the demise of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe have to do with EU funding.

A seemingly innocent concept, the “innovation priniciple” has been invented by some of the dirtiest industries in Europe. They have carefully and strategically inserted it into the EU system, where it could have a significant impact on the shaping of new EU legislation or policies, and those under revision.