Apr
16

IP Hurdles in the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine? (Part II)

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On June 12 of last year, a few short months into a pandemic which, by then, had already reached all corners of the globe, the present author made a prediction concerning the IP barriers to distribution of the various Covid vaccines that were, at the time, in the very early stages of their development " Hurdles in the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine? " . The general thesis put forward in that article was that governments across the world would sooner guillotine their IP consultants in a public square than take their opinions seriously on the subject of vaccine rollouts...
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Feb
03

State Aid and the Pandemic: 10 Months On

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The State Aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") was initially adopted by the Commission on the 19 March to ease the difficulties various undertakings were facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was subsequently amended on a number of occasions to reflect the ever-changing effects of the pandemic and was set to expire on 30 June 2021, bar the recapitalisation measures that were to remain in effect until 30 September 2021. As a result of the pandemic's continued progression, the Commission deemed it fit to extend the Framework's scope and measures – inc...
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Oct
19

COVID-19 State Aid to be Prolonged

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As a result of the unprecedented circumstances we are currently facing, a number of measures were adopted to ease the challenges that various businesses are facing. In this regard, the European Commission adopted the State aid Temporary Framework (the "Framework") on 19 th March, 2020, which has subsequently been amended a number of times to reflect the ever-changing nature of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the economy. This Framework details the conditions under which State aid would be permissible under Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioni...
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Sep
11

Malta Travel – Covid-19 - Amber list update

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As from midnight of Friday 11th September 2020, a ll Paris Airports and Marseille Airport will be included on the Amber List. Therefore, as from the above-mentioned date, Malta's Amber List will include the following countries: ​ Czech Republic, France (all Paris Airports and Marseille Airport), Romania, Spain (Barcelona, Girona and Madrid), Tunisia. Before boarding flights to Malta, any passenger departing from the above-mentioned countries/airports shall be required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, which must have been carried ...
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Jul
16

Undertakings with Links to Tax Havens not to Receive State aid

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The European Commission ('Commission') has issued a recommendation to Member States that undertakings with links to tax havens (see list ) and/or undertakings that have been convicted of serious financial crimes should not be beneficiaries of any state aid. The aim behind this recommendation is to avoid the misuse of public funds and to strengthen safeguards against tax abuse and financial crime throughout the Union. Nevertheless, it ought to be noted that the recommendation does not absolutely prohibit every undertaking with a link to a listed non-cooperative jur...
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