EU law: are airline passengers consumers?

The Warsaw Convention of October 12, 1929 was the first international treaty meant to unify rules regarding air travel, the protection of passengers and the liability of the air carrier. But do airline passengers also benefit from the protection provided for consumers?

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In the context of the new Covid-19 pandemic spread worldwide, the need to ensure medical equipment services is among the priorities in Romania. In this respect, on April 8, 2020, was published the Order of the Minister of Health no. 566/2020, which approves the Methodological Norms for the application of Title XX of Law no. 95/2006 regarding the reform in the health system, for the authorization of activities in the field of medical devices.

Infrastructure Law or when the telecom and energy sectors cross paths [Romania]

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Romania: corporate statements regarding ultimate beneficial owner(s)

Law no. 129/2019 for the prevention and combating of money laundering and terrorism financing, and for the amendment and supplementation of certain legislative acts (“Law 129/2019”) requires Romanian companies subject to registration with the Romanian Trade Registry (with the exception of national companies and companies fully or majority owned by the State) to submit statements […]

Litigation: The importance of the European Court of Justice of the practice in ensuring passenger rights in accordance with regulation 261/2004

In a world where air travel is becoming more frequent and affordable, Regulation (EC) no.261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) no. […]

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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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