During December 2014 a very important ruling was delivered by the Regional Administrative Court of Bologna (Italy) concerning elevators with reduced vertical safety space.
With this judgment, the Court ordered to put out of service two elevators with a reduced vertical safety space compared to the size established by the harmonised standard UNI EN 81-1, a ban which was previously ordered during a periodical check by the USL (local health) in Bologna in November 2012.
This putting out of service had been motivated by the USL with the absence of specific authorisation by the competent authority, which in Italy is the Ministry of Economic Development, in accordance with point 2.2 of annex I of the DPR 162/99 implementing Lifts Directive 95/16/EC, which is compulsory to be obtained prior to installation.
Following a report by EFESME in December 2013, the Italian Competition and Market Authority (AGCM) reviewed the advertisements contained in the websites of Kone and Schindler and acquired information through inspection findings at corporate headquarters. After some months of investigation, the AGCM concluded that such messages could negatively affect the correct choice of potential customers. The Italian Authority questioned the data on energy consumption of some types of lifts, made without providing the necessary information for their correct interpretation; moreover, the AGCM also contested the reference to Guideline VDI 4707, used as is was the official industry standard, which assigned to the products of the two companies a “class A” label of energy efficiency.
On 10th November, the Council of the EU formally adopted the corrigendum text as approved by the ECON Committee in September 2014 for the Directive on antitrust damages actions.
This Directive will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of EU antitrust rules, such as cartels or abuses of dominant market positions. Thanks to the new rules, any natural or legal person who has suffered harm caused by an infringement of competition law by an undertaking or by a group of undertakings could effectively exercise the right to claim full compensation for that harm from that undertaking or group.
Today, 10th September the New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented in a press conference his “winning team” for the next five years.
His proposal consist in a real reform, both in terms of the calibre of Commissioners proposed – the team presented by Juncker has 5 former Prime Ministers, 4 Deputy Prime Ministers, 19 Ministers, 7 Commissioners operating in the Barroso Commission and 8 Members of the European Parliament – and for the Organisation of the Commission itself.For the first time, in fact, the six Vice-Presidents plus the High Representative for the Common foreign and security policy of the Union will head the Commission and will coordinate the work of several Commissioners in compositions that will vary depending on the needs and in line with the development of new projects over time.