A briefing paper from the EU Parliament Research Service says that EU-UK data flows – the lifelines of our shared digital trade – have come under pressure following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. To take regulatory and business decisions, a clear understanding of the state of play and future prospects of EU-UK transfers of personal data is indispensable. This in-depth analysis reviews and assesses trade dealings, adequacy challenges and transfer instruments under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
On 8 April, the law chambers at 5 St Andrew’s Hill produced articles on aspects of the EU-UK TCA. One provides a critical and practical analysis of the changes the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement which brings to the recognition and enforcement of freezing and confiscation orders. It provides an overview of how this area of law may develop in the future post-Brexit. The second article considers extradition under the Agreement.
On 9 April, AP reported that a judge is due to rule whether evidence gathered by public prosecutors is sufficient to put former Portuguese prime minister José Sócrates, 63, on trial for alleged corruption, money laundering and tax fraud. He is suspected of being at the centre of a web of shady corporate interests that paid for his influence to win contracts and gain business advantages in the construction, banking and telecommunications sectors. Prosecutors allege that complex international bank transfers and the purchase of property, art and other assets in the names of family and friends aimed to conceal the corruption; and large amounts of cash were also delivered after he left office. The case involves 28 defendants — including 19 people and 9 companies.
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime has announced the launch of a report saying that failure to enforce existing regulations and to design better enforcement regimes for this important industry in East Africa represents a threat to sustainable development. Regulatory blind spots lead to environmental degradation, as trees are unsustainably harvested, and public health costs, linked to indoor pollution. The organisation argues, drawing on new empirical data from Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan, that this grey market creates specific corruption, criminality and cartelisation risks. The report informs one that charcoal is one of the most important commodities in sub-Saharan Africa, with as much as 80% of the urban population in the East Africa region using charcoal as their primary energy needs for cooking. It is cheap, efficient and easily transportable. It also provides income and livelihoods for millions of people. In Kenya, for example, the charcoal industry employed approximately 700 000 people in 2018, who in turn supported between 2.3 million and 2.5 million dependents.