BREAKING: the ECJ has issued an opinion that privacy complaints can be taken against Facebook and others by any of the 27 data protection commissioners + not just the Irish one, which has tended to handle such complaints because Facebook is headquartered in Dublin
2/ If upheld by the Court the opinion would mean any of the 27 data protection commissioners could take action against a tech company for a breach of cross border data protection rules.
3/ Until now it has been assumed that as the "lead" data protection office, all complaints wouldd have to go through the Irish data protection commissioner since Facebook et al are headquartered in Ireland
4/ Today Advocate General Michal Bobek held that the GDPR permits the data protection authority of a Member State to bring proceedings before a court of that State for an alleged infringement of the GDPR with respect to cross-border data processing
5/ The issue was refered to the ECJ by the Belgian courts after an attempt by the Belgian regulator to stop the company tracking users in Belgium through cookies stored in Facebook’s social plug-ins, regardless of whether they have an account or not
6/ If confirmed by the ECJ, today's opinion could lead to a flood of privacy complaints being taken to data protection agencies in all 27 capitals against big tech companies

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14 Jan
Anyone interested in the impact of the Brexit trade deal on the Irish fisheries sector, the Irish govt has just published a preliminary analysis here…
2/ Of the 8 EU coastal member states Ireland and Germany have been proporationately hardest hit in terms of the loss of quota share by value. They will each lose 15pc of the value in quota share by 2026. To the Irish fleet that's a loss of €43m
3/ That was expected because the UK sought a large percentage of the highly valuable mackerel and prawn stocks.
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12 Jan
New: Ireland is due to receive over €1 billion from the EU’s Brexit fund.

The announcement was made in a statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.
The proposed allocation wd represent one quarter of the initial tranche of €4 billion. The total amount agreed by EU leaders is over €5 billion
Coveney said: “I’m pleased to announce that a proposal has been made tonight on the Brexit Adjustment Reserve. The BAR is valued at €5.4 billion (€4.2 billion in 2021 & €1.1 billion in 2024)
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The DUP's Ian Paisley MP tells the NI Affaris Committee that the NI Protocol shd be "removed" and that Article 16 of the Protocol should be invoked. Describes it as an "unmitigated disaster... Those who advocated for the Protocol have some responsibility for that.
"The protocol is now an impediment to trade. We told you so."
Article 16 of the NI Protocol: "If the application of this Protocol leads to serious economic, societal or environmental difficulties that are liable to persist, or to diversion of trade, the EU or the UK may unilaterally take appropriate safeguard measures.
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Where are we at as of 1450 CET?

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2/ Some reflections from an EU diplomat briefed on the rest of the deal, which appears to be in place:
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EU sources have said a Brexit deal could be reached in the next 24 hours.

“There is an air of optimism,” one EU diplomat told @rtenews. “The final touches are between [European Commission president Ursula] Von der Leyen and Boris [Johnson, the British prime minister].”
2/ The source said the Commission president was in touch with EU leaders.
3/ “There’s a very strong push to get it done before Christmas. The idea that everyone comes back again on Sunday or Monday to start again… that will happen if necessary but there does seem to be a strong push to get it done before Christmas,” the diplomat said.
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After Michel Barnier's briefing of EU ambassadors this afternoon, here's where things stand:
2/ There is a basic deadline of Christmas Eve to get a deal. That will give the EU's legal services time to draw up a letter to send to the UK seeking provisional application of the treaty from Jan 1
3/ It's understood officials will need four days at a minimum to draft a letter seeking provisional application of the treaty (all this is on the basis that it is pretty much too late for the European Parliament to ratify the treaty on time for Jan 1)
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