In a bid to cut the number of deaths on EU roads, the European Commission intends to make it easier for national authorities to fine drivers from another EU country for offences committed on their territory, such as speeding or drink driving.
For the first time, member states could be forced to adapt their penal laws to internal-market objectives. The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has backed criminal measures - including imprisonment - aimed at enforcing a wide range of intellectual property rights (IPR).
As the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee prepares to vote on a Directive on criminal sanctions for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringements, the trenches between proponents of harsher punishments and consumer advocates are deepening.
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