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In December 2016, the Hungarian national electronic communications regulator (the NMHH) was among the first EU national regulatory authorities to apply the new EU Regulation 2015/2120 on net neutrality (the “Regulation”), then followed that up with a similar decision in January 2017. In these decisions, the NMHH followed the strict interpretation of the Regulation proposed by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (the “BEREC”). The NMHH’s decisions are part of a wider string of test cases springing up across the EU on how the Regulation is to be interpreted.

The Romanian code regulating audiovisual content has been recently amended. Among the changes, we mention the fact that minors can no longer be used in food advertising. Also, an important modification provides that the advertising of food supplements must contain the data approved by the authorities. This month’s cover article examines these changes and the broader context of these specific regulations.

2016 was a notable year in Russia for the extension of control over, and further clarification of, data localization requirements; establishment of a strategy for the further development of personal data legislation and an increase in attention to cybersecurity issues.

Alrud has announced that German Zakharov has been promoted to Partner. Zakharov is a member of the firm's Competition/Antitrust and White Collar Crime, Compliance, and Internal Investigations practices.

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