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Schoenherr | Austria | 3 Sep 2021

Digital Austria – overview of domestic digitalisation efforts

For many years, Austria has ranked among the most successful countries in Europe in terms of digitalisation. However, while it is to be welcomed that money and time can be saved and communication with authorities, enterprises and citizens can be accelerated and simplified through more interconnectivity and digitalisation of processes, care must be taken to ensure that the rights of the people......
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 3 Sep 2021

Particularities of Copyright Reform Act

Hungary was one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to fully implement the EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive (2019/790/EU) and the EU Satellite and Cable Directive (2019/789/EU). This article takes a more detailed look at some of the new provisions of the Copyright Reform Act and the implications for the media sector.
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Schoenherr | 8 Jul 2021

Amendments to Croatian Competition Act

Amendments to the Croatian Competition Act came into force on 24 April 2021. One of the main goals of the Act was to transpose EU Directive 2019/1 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 into law. The legislature used the opportunity to harmonise certain provisions of the Act that were not aligned with the acquis communautaire.
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Schoenherr | 25 Jun 2021

Winding road to lawful Digital Green Certificate

The EU Digital Green Certificate is designed to prove the health status of its holder as regards COVID-19, showing either vaccination, a negative test result or recovery from the disease (ie, a "low epidemiological risk"). However, various issues relating to the Austrian legislature's plans for the implementation of the Digital Green Certificate have drawn criticism from domestic data......
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Schoenherr | 24 Jun 2021

Better late than never: Supreme Court upholds CCA's cartel decision after almost six years

In 2014 the Croatian Competition Agency (CCA) rendered an infringement decision in which it found that by adopting and publishing the "Minimum Price List of Orthodontic Services" from October 2010 until October 2013, the Croatian Orthodontic Society had concluded a 'prohibited agreement' within the meaning of the Competition Act. The High Administrative Court surprisingly overturned the......
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Schoenherr | Austria | 14 Jun 2021

Energy from biomass and biogas

The eagerly awaited Renewable Expansion Law relies on market premiums aimed at compensating for the difference between the production costs of electricity from renewable sources and the average market price for electricity. This article considers aspects of the law concerning biomass and biogas, including the tender process and qualifying criteria, the calculation of the market premium and......
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Schoenherr | Austria, European Union | 14 Jun 2021

Supreme Administrative Court once again favours environmental organisations

The Supreme Administrative Court remains on course with its pro-environmental organisation (EO) case law. In recent months, the court has issued several more interesting rulings that seem to strengthen EOs' position in nature conservation proceedings. However, these decisions run contrary to the Lower Austrian legislature's aim of ensuring legal certainty.
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Schoenherr | Hungary | 11 Jun 2021

Implementation of EU CDSM and Satellite and Cable Directives

With the recent publication of the Copyright Reform Act, Hungary is one of the first countries in Central and Eastern Europe to fully implement the EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive and the EU Satellite and Cable Directive. The Copyright Reform Act clarifies the responsibility of online platforms for the use of content under copyright protection uploaded on their platforms....
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Schoenherr | Austria | 31 May 2021

New wind power system blows onto renewable energy scene

The Renewable Expansion Act (EAG) aims to ensure that 100% of electricity generated comes from renewable energy sources by 2030. To this end, the annual electricity generation from renewable sources is to be increased by 27TWh by 2030. According to the draft EAG, wind will account for 10TWh of this electricity generation. This article discusses the market premiums that will be available to......
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Schoenherr | Poland | 27 May 2021

UOKiK to examine TV broadcasters' practices

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) recently announced the launch of two anti-monopoly proceedings against Polsat Television and four Discovery Group entities. According to the UOKiK, these companies may have abused their dominant position on the TV channel distribution market to the detriment of cable TV operators and ultimately consumers by way of bundled sales of TV......
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